Multi-award winning Bowen Place Crossing takes prestigious national award

Media Release

4 November 2016

The National Capital Authority’s (NCA) Bowen Place Crossing (the Crossing) was announced the national winner of the coveted Australian Institute of Architects’ Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design last night.

The prestigious award, recognising and celebrating outstanding achievements in architecture, was presented to Lahznimmo Architects for their elegant yet functional design.

NCA Chief Planner, Andrew Smith, welcomed the award which acknowledged the delivery of an intelligent urban design solution for the Crossing.

“Since opening the Crossing last year, it is evident the community appreciates the level of care and consideration that has gone into the design and development of this great piece of infrastructure by the lake. Being awarded the Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design acknowledges these accomplishments and the priority we place on high quality, design-led outcomes.”

“The Crossing demonstrates how this type of approach to a civil works project can produce a built outcome that is functional and poetic — providing physical connections to key areas as well as creating an immersive experience to those who use it,” said Mr Smith.

Whilst the $10 million project was initiated as a public safety enhancement, the Crossing was also an exercise in place making. The design took advantage of key view corridors to and from the lakeside site including the National Carillon, while ensuring an integrated design that incorporates safe shared use by motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

Lahznimmo Architects in association with Spackman Mossop Michaels Landscape Architects created the refreshingly minimalist design, which complements the existing environs and establishes new landscape connections with the heritage values of the area.

“This is one of many awards, both here and nationally, that acknowledges the standard of the design and execution of this project. We are extremely proud to have delivered an urban design solution for the Crossing which is appreciated by the industry and community alike,” said Mr Smith.

National Awards:

  • 2016 Australian Institute of Architects’ National Landscape Architecture Awards – Award of Excellence for Infrastructure
  • 2016 Australian Urban Design Awards – Delivered Outcome – Small Scale

ACT Awards:

  • 2016 Australian Institute of Architects’ ACT Architecture Awards – Canberra Medallion
  • 2016 Australian Institute of Architects’ ACT Architecture Awards – Sir John Overall Award for Urban Design
  • 2016 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects ACT Awards – Award of Excellence for Design in Infrastructure
  • 2016 Master Builders Association ACT Awards – Civil Works
  • 2016 Civil Contractors Federation ACT Awards – Category 3
  • 2016 Planning Institute of Australia Awards for Planning Excellence – The Great Place Award