The Buchan designed Zuccoli Plaza has taken out the top gong for The Peter Dermoudy Award for the Commercial Architecture category in the 2018 Australian Institute of Architects Northern Territory Awards. The Jury applauds both the developer for encouraging such a fresh approach to a local shopping centre, and the architects for their responsiveness to community context, connections and experience.
Zuccoli Plaza which is now complete, comprises 3,400m2 of retail space with additional covered areas incorporating seating for residents and community groups to meet. It is not only a retail centre but a vibrant community hub located in the heart of a new Northern Territory masterplanned suburb, Zuccoli at Palmerston.
The centre was opened by the family of the late Guido Zuccoli, after whom the suburb was named. A design competition was held for local artists to paint a mural in Mr Zuccoli’s honour, on the park-facing side of Zuccoli Plaza.
The Buchan Group Senior Architect Rhys Maxwell said the defining architectural concept of Zuccoli Plaza was the creation of a village plaza which connected, integrated, and extended the adjoining park into the site.
“Local neighbourhood retail centres are becoming integral community hubs to new developments, and respond well to the changing retail market. It seemed logical to integrate the surrounding parkland into the site to complement the Zuccoli masterplan concept of providing a natural edge to village life.” Maxwell said.
“A flowing and open park transition with flanking arbour structures connects the adjoining WKJ Memorial Park to the plaza to provide shade and cover to the pedestrian walkways. Cyclists are also accommodated within the centre to promote the use of the community bike paths adjoining the site. A range of shops and conveniences surrounding the plaza further activate the space and contribute to the visual and cultural vibrancy of the new community” he commented.
The centre features 14 shops including a supermarket, gym, medical centre, chemist, local MP office, liquor store, newsagent, land sales office and cafe. It is located on the corner of Zuccoli Parade and Crosby Street.