Genton’s multi-award-winning Reservoir Station has been chosen as one of only six projects internationally to compete in the World Selections at the prestigious Prix Versailles, shortlisted within the Passenger Stations category.
The World Selections pay tribute to the qualities of innovation, creativity, reflection of local, natural and cultural heritage, and ecological efficiency, as well as the values of social interaction and participation which the United Nations holds in high regard.
“Reservoir Station is all about creating lasting public space that enriches the connections of its community and enhances the intermediate context,” says Genton Principal Marc Debney.
“We’ve had station operators and Reservoir locals write to us to tell us how much the precinct has improved their daily experience, which is truly rewarding, but it’s very humbling to see it recognised among some of the world’s best projects.”
Since its completion in 2020, Reservoir Station has attracted a slew of accolades and nominations across awards for Urban Design, Public Architecture and Sustainability.
Genton’s Reservoir Station design creates transformative dialogue between the suburb’s previously disconnected high streets, forming an urban design solution that links the central community and retail spine, catalyses pedestrian activation, enhances accessibility and public safety, and provides a newly landscaped public space to bring the community together.
In an Australian first, the civic precinct was awarded a 5 Star Green Star As Built rating by the Green Building Council of Australia. Sustainable features include a 92 per cent reduction in water use, 41 per cent reduction of electricity demand during peak times and 100 per cent use of responsibly sourced steel.
Winners will be announced at the World Awards Ceremony, which will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, in late November 2021.
We are proud to acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the Country in which Reservoir Station is located. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.
Photography: Peter Clarke