Six COX projects have been shortlisted as finalists at the 2019 World Architecture Festival (WAF) – the world’s largest international architectural festival. Drawn from five of our national studios and highlighting the reach of COX’s public sector program, the projects reflect the festival’s focus on the design and management of ‘smart cities.’

Project Name: World Architecture Festival
Studio Name: COX Architecture
Location: Sydney, Australia
Photography: Sam Noonan

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With five future and completed projects shortlisted in the Commercial Mixed-Use, Culture, Education, Transport, and Health categories, COX hope to add more WAF titles to our list this year.

Southbank by Beulah, a mixed-use commercial tower which is proposed to become Australia’s tallest building, is shortlisted in the Commercial mixed-use category. This project, to be built in Melbourne’s Southbank district, was designed in conjunction with UNStudio.

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Seating Space ©Sam Noonan

Shortlisted in the Transport category is the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal project, also in Melbourne. The Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal replaced nine dangerous rail level crossings with five elevated railway stations along one of Melbourne’s busiest transport corridors.

Also shortlisted in the Transport category is Barangaroo Ferry Wharf in Sydney. The wharf increases ferry capacities and transportation services, simultaneously creating an aesthetic reflection of Sydney’s maritime qualities and its iconic harbour.

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Barangaroo Ferry Wharf ©Sam Noonan

Adelaide Botanic High School in South Australia has been shortlisted in the Education category, successfully solidifying itself as a state-of-the-art educational facility with outstanding flexibility and adaptability.

Lastly, Perth Children’s Hospital has been shortlisted in the Health category. Designed from the childs’ perspective, the new Perth Children’s Hospital replaces the existing Princess Margaret Hospital to provide best possible clinical care for future generations, and to serve as the base for WA’s outstanding paediatric research. This new 274-bed children’s hospital in Nedlands is the result of a design partnership between JCY Architects and Urban Designers, Cox Architecture, and Billard Leece Partnership, with HKS Inc.


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