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Congratulations to the winners of the Building Designers Association of Australia – ACT Chapter Design Awards 2017, hosted last night by Southern Innovations in our flagship Fyshwick showroom.

This marks our second year as the major sponsor and host of the Awards, demonstrating our ongoing support of building designers, home owners and industry stakeholders in the ACT and surrounding regions. The Awards showcase projects that exemplify the ACT’s contribution to excellence in building design, and positions the region as a leader within industry.

Congratulations to Lianne Willis, whose entry was drawn in the Southern Innovations lucky door prize, awarding her $1,000 to spend in store.

Building Designer of the Year

Winner: Brendan McGregor of Build Professional
 
“The design of this home has been resolved around three prominent factors; the 2.5m slope of the block, the poor site orientation and the south-east facing view. The spacious upper floor living spaces are wrapped in wall to wall glass, which provide access to the covered rear terrace and showcase the view.  The bulk of this multi-level home has been restrained by hiding the upper rear level under a gently sloping skillion roof; the result being that from the street it presents as a single story home.  The three car garage, which occupies more than half of the building frontage, has similarly been disguised behind a wall of textural timber cladding.  “Bat-cave” detailing of flush fitting garage doors provide the finishing touches to a modern, clean and striking design.”
 
Image: Chris Buchanan of Sellick Consultants, sponsor of ACT BDA Building Designer of the Year, presents award to winner Brendan McGregor of Build Professional.
 
Design Excellence 
 
Winner: Adam Hobill of Adam Hobill Design for O’Connor Residence
 
“The design of this home has been resolved around three prominent factors; the 2.5m slope of the block, the poor site orientation and the south-east facing view. The spacious upper floor living spaces are wrapped in wall to wall glass, which provide access to the covered rear terrace and showcase the view.  The bulk of this multi-level home has been restrained by hiding the upper rear level under a gently sloping skillion roof; the result being that from the street it presents as a single story home.  The three car garage, which occupies more than half of the building frontage, has similarly been disguised behind a wall of textural timber cladding.  “Bat-cave” detailing of flush fitting garage doors provide the finishing touches to a modern, clean and striking design.”
 
Sponsor: Viewco Glass​
 
Sustainable/Solar Passive Design 
 
Winner: Tristan and Jess Ryall of Architecture Republic for Nangor Street House
 
“Tristan and Jess’ design was inspired by the craft of carpentry with timber fixtures throughout. They focussed on natural materials, working carefully to ensure each material was fit for purpose. The house features a concrete slab floor with solar hydronic heating and rammed earth walls that function as thermal heat sinks. Recycled Canberra red bricks pay tribute to the urban context of the home and the high performance windows to the north provide ample solar gain throughout the winter months.
The layout was carefully planned to give the spaces with the most hours of use northerly aspects; the living areas, workshop, rumpus room and kids bedrooms. Other spaces such as pantry, and laundry provide a buffer between these living areas and the south. The layout is compact, minimising external walls (and therefore thermal losses). This also maximises backyard space.”
 
 
Outstanding Value for Money
 
Winner: Brendan McGregor of Build Professional for Ainslie Extension and Remodelling Design Project
 
“Brendan worked with his clients to ensure a tight budget and well considered vision would be achieved with the renovation of a rundown ex-government home.  The solution was to maintain the original facade in keeping with the homes of Ainslie whilst focusing on remodeling and extending the back of the home.  The design involved remodeling the existing layout to achieve a superior floor plan with much improved flow and function as well as adding a new garden wing featuring the open plan kitchen, dining and family room.  The real beauty of this home is the success of integrating indoor/outdoor living, with the lounge, kitchen, dining, family and study all positioned to take advantage of the landscape.  Picture windows and generous sliding doors have all been thoughtfully located to capture the northern aspect and to provide an effortless connection to the garden.”
 
Sponsor: Southern Innovations 
 
Excellence in Project Documentation 
 
Winner: Adam Hobill of Adam Hobill Design for Ainslie Residence 
 
“Custom detailing has been incorporated extensively into the design of this home and includes marine ply eaves, a sculptural steel feature architectural downpipe, Colorbond longline cladding, feature ceilings details, feature brick wall details of reclaimed brick and joinery, bespoke BBQ bench, floating stair details and detailed joinery throughout. Adam and his team have demonstrated the importance of high quality documentation to achieve unique design outcomes.  The range and quality of drawings presented; both technical and non-technical, highlights the deep understanding this office has of construction methods and processes and its ability to clearly communicate with clients and builders alike through documentation.”
 
 
Student Design Award
 
Winner: Joel Willis
 
“Joel’s submission demonstrated a confident understanding of the project brief and the site.  His responses to key elements of the brief were insightful and well considered.  His design solution was bold, yet well balanced and readily buildable.  Joel’s submission highlighted well developed skills in both conceptual sketch plan drawings as well as proficiency in using BIM software.  The BDA community wishes Joel, and all graduating students, the very best of luck in their future careers.”
 
Commendation: Ievgeniia Malakhova
 
 
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Congratulations to the winners of the Building Designers Association of Australia – ACT Chapter Design Awards 2017,...

Posted by Southern Innovations on Wednesday, June 28, 2017