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KTA Appointed

The team visit Riversdale (L-R) Nicole Thompson from WAAL, Paul Stoller and Eric Moore from Atelier10, Kerstin Thompson from KTA, Megan Wraight from WAAL, Craig Burton from CBA, Kelley Mackay from KTA

masterplan architects announced

Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA) has been announced as the company selected to work with Bundanon Trust on the development of new infrastructure at Riversdale. Landscape Architects Megan Wraight (WAAL) and Craig Burton (CBA), along with environmental design consultants Atelier 10, will work with Thompson to create new spaces to meet the future needs of Bundanon while enhancing the outstanding landscape qualities of the site.

The Competition

The jury’s unanimous support for the appointment of Kerstin Thompson Architects reflects the sympathetic and artistically aligned approach and philosophy of their proposal to the site’s landscape character and cultural significance
- John Denton, Jury Chair

A unique architectural competition, there was no final design submitted, rather a philosophy, process and vision. As Bundanon Trust CEO Deborah Ely explains “We sought to appoint an architect that we felt was attuned to Arthur’s values, rather than select a firm based on a single design concept.”

The jury, chaired by John Denton, Director of Denton Corker Marshall, and including Bundanon Trust Chair Shane Simpson AM, landscape architect and newly appointed Dean of Design, Architecture and Building at UTS, Professor Elizabeth Mossop and Brian Zulaikha, Director of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer were unanimous in their support for KTA’s proposal.

Kerstin Thompson Architects was chosen from a shortlist of six architecture firms including Virginia Kerridge Architect; Kerstin Thompson Architects; Room 11; Peter Elliot Architecture + Urban Design; Jackson Clements Burrows Architects; and Chenchow Little Architects.

The Team

The Masterplan offers the chance to conjure a design in keeping with Boyd’s distillations of the Australian landscape; its beauty and harshness, contours, light, colours and tones.
- Kerstin Thompson

The full team includes Kerstin Thompson Architects, Wraight + Associates with Craig Burton (landscape architecture and ecology), Atelier10 (ecologically sustainable design) and Irwin Consulting (structural and civil engineering). The group will work closely with Bundanon Trust staff, Shoalhaven locals, and other stakeholders.

For KTA, the Masterplan development provided an opportunity to further the conversation between art and environment that permeated Arthur Boyd’s works. ArchitectKerstin Thompson commented, “We are delighted and honoured to have been appointed as architect for such a culturally significant project. ArthurBoyd’s vision indelibly changed the way we perceive the Australian landscape; through his work our senses are sharpened to the intensity of its colours, textures and moods. The Masterplan offers the chance to conjure a design in keeping with Boyd’s distillations of the Australian landscape; its beauty and harshness, contours, light, colours and tones.”

KTA Architects

KTA and team at Riversdale

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