2015 – Building Designers Awards
Overall Winner Design Excellence Award
Cliffhanger – James Cooper
NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS OVER 450SQM AND OVER $2,000/SQM
Like a little brother striving for attention, this striking building form stakes its claim between two high-profile neighbours: One, a heritage-listed modernist prototype by architect Douglas Snelling, the other a contemporary residence by the late and great Harry Seidler. Initially the core idea would see the building read as a ‘lantern’ in the Angophora forest, which would project its form via cantilever into the treetops, thus allowing vistas both afore and amidships to capture a revealing harbour view.
The building cascades down this steeply sloping waterfront site revealing stunning views as you migrate through the bedroom, living and recreational zones. The design solution focuses on a cost-effective lightweight construction methodology, whilst never losing sight of the core need to nurture an active family and respect a challenging budget framework. This quintessential Middle Harbour location, was the ideal place to create a large modern home that maximises the attributes of this steeply sloping waterfront and provides plenty of space to comfortably house a large family.
The lightweight steel framework provided the ideal skeleton to flesh out the building fabric with a combination of insulated Unitex cladding and grey ironbark textural infills.
Paul Dass Memorial Award
Pet Resorts Australia Terrigal – Chris White
This award is given to a designer for outstanding achievement in building design and is the penultimate award, BDA Australia’s overall runner up. The Jury could not look past this project for the Paul Dass Award!
Dog and cat owners are much more sophisticated now and quite rightly demand the highest care for their beloved furry friends as and when the need for boarding is required. Interpreting the clients outline in a site planning solution and building design manifests itself in the Pet Resorts of Australia, Terrigal facility, which is clearly a market leader that has raised the bar significantly in the quality care of companion animals. Having appraised the proponents of the biophysical benefits of the site, the design brief to SJH Planning & Design evolved to take optimum benefit of the sites overhead of the valley topography.
The site now takes advantage of its once underutilised on-farm water storage dam. This multi-faceted pavilion style building contains reception space, cattery, luxury dog suites and dedicated hydrotherapy pool in an attractive and acoustically manageable ground. Uncompromising with respect to quality, the palette of materials selected to incorporate in the design reflects the Art Deco West Coast USA resort inclusions throughout.
Special Jury Award for Social Housing
Workable Living Project – Ashley Foote
This ground-breaking housing project serves an essential purpose for the community by enabling disabled adults to live independently.
The project is designed to meet platinum levels of liveable housing guidelines, as well as being fully disabled accessibility compliant.
The design process was collaborative, working closely with residents and their carers to select textures and colours and individual relationships with outdoor spaces; the result is solar passive, energy efficient functional home.
This project has enhanced the lives of the residents, they have greater capacity to direct their lives, make choices, undertake responsibilities of daily living, and engage in life productively.
The Design Awards Jury wished to recognise not only the excellent design outcomes this project delivers but more importantly acknowledge this project for its ability to do what all great design should do ‘transform the lives of those who are touched by it’
Winning Design Magazine
BDA Australia is proud to announce that Crowther Blayne, Media Specialists, our exclusive publishing partner for the National Design Awards Winning Design commemorative annual magazine has released The 2015 edition, electronic book, turning page version.
PLEASE CLICK the front page image at left to view.
Please note: 2015 Winning Design Magazine hard copies are available from the BDA Australia Office in Newcastle.