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The Adelaide Creative Community Hub architecture competition looked to answer the question, what power does architecture have to foster and inspire creativity within an urban environment?

Collaborating with the SA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, Buildner’ highly distinguished jury of professional architects and urban planners searched for projects that would generate exciting public spaces within the busy central location of Victoria Square.

Participants were given a great deal of freedom in their approach, and winning designs were chosen for their ability to develop and express a clear concept. The first place winners - Lucas Monnereau and Thomas Leblond from France - showed great potential for inviting people to explore and contribute to creative production with their sunken first floor and transparent exterior.

Second place winners Judith Busson and François Cattoni, also from France, were one of the few projects to incorporate residences into their designs with a ground-level podium for sharing ideas. Meanwhile, third place winners Kathrine Vand, Emil Trabjerg Jensen and Sebastian Appel from Denmark, established a village within the city that encouraged people to gather for common events and come together to share products and ideas.

Finally, the jury selected the Australian company Sandbox Studio Pty Ltd to receive the Festival State Award. Their intentionally under-programmed collection of external and internal spaces were seamlessly woven into the site, suggesting a link to Victoria square without dominating the intent.

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1st prize

2nd prize

3rd prize