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Design Excellence 2013 – Create, explore, connect

A new library and plaza for Sydney

4 March 2013

See the five shortlisted schemes, meet the winning architects, and hear from the jury on what inspired their choice

The City of Sydney’s design competition for a new library and plaza at Green Square attracted over 160 submissions from 29 countries. Architects and designers were inspired by the chance to shape a new town centre in Sydney using the idea that libraries are increasingly becoming our ‘urban living rooms’ – places for exploration, creativity and connection.

At this Design Excellence Forum, we see the 5 shortlisted schemes, meet the winning architects, and hear from the jury on what inspired their choice. There's also a discussion about how the design competition process continues to extract the very best results from architects.

Graham Jahn AM, Director City Planning, Development and Transport, City of Sydney


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Stephen Varady, Senior Design Architect, Kann Finch Group


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Felicity Stewart & Matthias Hollenstein, Stewart & Hollenstein Architects


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Graham Jahn AM, Director City Planning, Development and Transport, City of Sydney


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Last updated: Tuesday, 3 December 2013