Award for Best Public Building


This award recognises excellence in a new or refurbished public building.


A public building is a building used for public visitation or occupied for the delivery of services to the community (whether or not it is owned by government) such as (but not limited to) healthcare, education, community facilities, sporting facilities, public infrastructure, art gallery or museum.

Eligible entrants are developments or refurbishments that have been completed in the previous five years, have been operating for at least one year as at 31 December 2020 and have not previously won the award.

The award is open to members of the Property Council of Australia only. Innovation in your responses should be clearly expressed.

2020 Category Winner

Green Square Library and Plaza (NSW)
Owned by City of Sydney and nominated by Arup
Located in a former marshland and below the water table, Arup’s expertise across 16 engineering disciplines saw the creation of a community library with a slender glazed entry pavilion, underground open plan community room with skylights, sunken garden, a tower with views over the plaza and a green walled amphitheatre.