The Australian Institute of Architects has named UNSW Roundhouse as the winner of the ‘Sustainability’ category in the 2019 NSW Architecture Awards.

UNSW Roundhouse took home the award for a recent upgrade which has significantly improved the design, function and efficiency of this iconic building.

UNSW Estate Management Acting Executive Director Sancha Cromie said the Roundhouse upgrade is a good example of a building that now not only looks great but is also sustainable.

“Through the University’s commitment to environmental sustainability we are dedicated to building a campus that will thrive into the future. Plenty of collaboration and innovative thinking went into this project, so it is fantastic for the team to get this recognition,” she said.  

The Roundhouse upgrade is part of a University-wide commitment to sustainability. UNSW Head of Environmental Sustainability William Syddall said that the renovation of the Roundhouse building demonstrates UNSW’s commitment to embedding leading environmental sustainability principles into the planning and operation of its campuses.

“By retaining the original structure and façade the team have preserved the iconic character of the Roundhouse, while substantially enhancing its energy and water efficiency,” he said.  

UNSW this year has launched an ambitious Environmental Sustainability Plan 2019-21 (ESP). The plan is designed to address UNSW’s key environmental issues and defines commitments, targets and activities across ten focus areas including climate action, waste and recycling, and energy and water efficiency.

UNSW will switch to 100 per cent renewable electricity, and its buildings will net zero-emission in operation by 2020, as part of the new three-year plan.

The renovations, designed by Tonkin Zulhaikar Greer Architects, honour the original design by NSW government architect Joseph W. van der Steen.

The Roundhouse will join the other award winners in progressing to the National Architecture Awards to be announced on 7 November 2019.