2017 Good Design Awards

The Calyx has ‘won’ selection for the prestigious 2017 Good Design Awards. Constructed as a horticultural display, research and education centre, The Calyx formed the special centrepiece of the Garden’s 200th birthday celebrations in 2016. The Calyx has been selected in the Architectural design category for outstanding Urban Design and Public Spaces. On June 8 it will go up against other Australian design precincts, to try and win another award at a glittering design ceremony.

The awards which have been around for over 50 years, endorse good design in Australia and provide consumers with a clear indicator of the cornerstones of good design across form, function, quality, safety, sustainability, commerciality, beauty and innovation.

In the next round of judging The Calyx will compete against other exciting public design projects including; the City of Perth, Hasset Park, Puli Garden, the Rhodes Peninsula Open Space Masterplan, the Tonsley Innovation District Urban Design & Public Spaces and Windsor Plaza.

The Calyx was erected at the Royal Botanic Gardens in 2016 and was designed by PTW Architects. Lead Architect and Director Troy Uleman calls it ‘an iconic but serene addition to the Gardens as a whole’.

“Coined ‘a jewel in the Garden’ for its elevated position and sense of arrival, The Calyx is built at the site of the Arc Greenhouse in the Garden, with very intelligent and sensitive architecture,” Uleman says.

Today visitors can experience The Calyx as a mix of indoor and outdoor zones. A giant changing space for events exhibitions and displays. The building is multi-use and houses the largest changeable interior green wall anywhere in the Southern hemisphere.

The 2017 Good Design Awards will be attended by PTW Architects Director and Lead Architect Troy Uleman along with Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands Executive Director, Kim Ellis and Director of Strategy & Projects, Denise Ora. Ms Ora says it’s wonderful to see The Calyx being recognised for its outstanding design and uniqueness.

“The Calyx will now vie for more awards like best in category, best overall design, best sustainability and best in year,” Ora says.

“We are thrilled to have progressed this far. The Good Design Awards are highly respected in Australia, it’s a bit like an Oscar nomination, just to be selected means you are highly commended so in many ways it is already a win,” she says.