Eastern Creek Quarter (ECQ) received Silver at the World Architecture News Awards 2022 for the Concrete in Architecture category.
The World Architecture News Awards acknowledge and celebrate outstanding architecture from around the world. This is the 14th year of the awards which recognise the outstanding works of innovative, visionary, and imaginative architects worldwide.
Eastern Creek Quarter (ECQ) a super-neighbourhood shopping centre is the first stage of a 15 hectare retail development with a range of specialty stores and services. It is a 6-star Green Star building, located in the most culturally diverse suburb in Sydney, adjacent to Western Sydney Parklands.
ECQ’s planning principle of “celebrating culture and nature” resonating on the masterplan through to the building form. ECQ was envisioned to be the pride of the community with architectural elements developed to be significant to locals and to Eastern Creek. With rich materiality, the architectural skin creates a feature of uniquely designed precast concrete and bespoke metal panels, reflective of the movement and flowing water against rocks in the nearby creek. These biophilic elements work together to create different visual effects over the exterior walls over the course of the day as the light conditions change.
The custom designed pattern is called ‘Dynowave’ and is a result of the team exploring the sculptural properties of concrete. And working closely with the form-liner to deliver the design as intended.
The precast concrete contractor effectively fabricated the detailed concrete panels offsite and delivered on time during construction. It is a significant architectural feature of the centre that cuts through the centre, connecting inside and out. It showcases an aesthetic that concrete is capable of when designed creatively. ECQ was planned, designed, and built for the locals of Eastern Creek, reflecting the aspirations by fulfilling the project vision – “A place to be proud of, where people feel completely comfortable”. Dynowave provided a distinct identity to the centre to be the pride of the community.
Congratulations to all the team who worked on ECQ, stage 1 and to all of this year’s World Architecture News Award winners.
Location: Dharug Country | Eastern Creek, NSW
Client: Frasers Property Australia
Builder: Quasar Constructions
Form Liner: Reckli
Fabricator: XL Precast