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Congratulations NSW Award Winner Environa Studio


The 2014 AIA (Australian Institute of Architects) NSW Architecture Awards were officially announced on Thursday 26 June. Congratulations to Australian Architecture Association President, Tone Wheeler. Tone's practice Environa Studio, which he runs in partnership with Jan O'Connor, was just announced winner of the 2014 Lord Mayor's Prize and the Milo Dunphy Award for Sustainable Architecture 2014, for their project The Wayside Chapel.


The Wayside Chapel was also the winner of the IDEA Interior Design Excellence Awards - Sustainability Award 2014, and was previously awarded the 2004 Francis Greenway Society Green Building Gold Medal.

The Wayside Chapel, located in Potts Point, is an inner city refuge that offers a variety of social programs to the community and Sydney's marginalised citizens. Environa Studio worked on the premises for close to fifteen years, much of the time pro bono.

The design adhers to practices ethos of 'Long life, loose fit, low impact', with the spaces within the building specifically designed to easily enable users to adjust and adapt spaces to meet changing needs over time.

Quoting the AIA Jury, 'What makes this building stand out has been the additional emphasis on less mainstream aspects of sustainability, including a green roof to grow fruit and vegetable crops for the onsite cafe and the use of colours and materials to influence occupant mood and wellbeing - all based on solid research,'1

  • 1 AIA Jury comments as quoted in Architecture & Design 26 June 2014 article '2014 NSW Architecture Awards - Prince Alfred Pool + Park, The Wayside Chapel and 8 Chifley Square All Feature' by Nathan Johnson.
  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: 'Interior of The Wayside Chapel - Community Hall',
    Sourced from Environa Studio website.

    Photographer: Owen Zhu
  • Image 2: 'Tone Wheeler and Jan O'Connor',
    Sourced from Environa Studio website.