The Paddington Reservoir Gardens have been recognised as one of the world’s most significant new architecture projects.

The sunken gardens, designed by architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and JMD Design and located at the corner of Oxford Street and Oatley Road, were among the winners of the International Architecture Awards held this week in the United States.

The Awards are held each year by the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design & Urban Studies, based in Ireland, Greece and Italy, and the Chicago Athenaeum.

This year’s winners were selected by a panel of Mexican architects, with 95 buildings spanning 38 countries singled out for praise.

The Reservior Gardens were just one of two winning projects from Australia- the other being Melbourne’s Monaco House.

The Reservoir Gardens and other prize winners will be featured in a catalogue produced in conjunction with the awards, to be held during the City and the World conference being held in Madrid in early November.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore congratulated the architects on their winning design.

“We congratulate the architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architect’s and JMD Design on this prestigious award and thank them for helping the City bring this project to life,” Moore said.

“The magical restoration of the Paddington Reservoir Gardens provides new open space, revives a State Heritage listed site and has created an exciting cultural venue for the local community to enjoy”.

The Gardens reuse the interiors of two underground reservoirs designed by the 19th century City Engineer, Edward Bell, and build between 1866 and 1878.

Last year the Gardens won the national Australian Award for Urban Design.

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