Rundle Street is set to get a new look with the announcement that local architects Sean Humphries and Sasha Radjenovich have taken out the inaugural 2010 New Architects and Graduates (NAG) Design Festival competition.
In 2009 Adelaide City Council and the New Architects and Graduates group joined forces and created a competition encouraging local artists and designers to submit a vibrant design for new benches, bike racks, bollards and bin surrounds for one of Rundle Street’s open spaces.
Sean Humphries, architect from Williams Burton Architecture and Interior Design, and Sasha Radjenovich, architect from Hames Sharley submitted the unique winning design which was announced at an awards ceremony Friday 12 March.
Adelaide City Council City Design Manager Jason Pruszinski said the winning design complements the existing character of Rundle Street while giving it a modern look.
“The ‘Folding Rundle’ design is not only being celebrated for its practical design but also for its green innovation. The design includes a bike-rack which doubles as a stool and a bench which caters for people of all heights while also acting as a rainwater collector and funnel for irrigating plants.”
“One of the standout features of the design are the benches which light up at night when a pedestrian passes by and the inclusion of a microphone which records and plays back the streets murmur,” said Mr Pruszinski.
NAG Chair and SA EmAGN Representative Mark Berlangieri said he was impressed with the quality of designs that were submitted by local talent.
“We had a number of amazing designs submitted to the competition but the winning team definitely stood out. Sean Humphries and Sasha Radjenovich have created design objects which enrich the Rundle Street site and streetscape.”
“The ‘Folding Rundle’ design is set to modernise and revitalise one of Adelaide’s most premier precincts,” said Mr Berlangieri.
‘Folding Rundle’ will be implemented as part of the Rundle Street footpath upgrade which is expected to begin in the coming months.