The inaugural Building Designers Australia (BDA) ACT Chapter 2016 Design Awards were held at the Southern Innovations Fyshwick showroom on Wednesday 6 April 2016. The evening began with drinks, canapés​ and mingling within the newly refurbished showroom before leading to the awards presentation introduced by Co-Director of ProStyle Building, David Fogg and Southern Innovations Managing Director, Warwick Beutler. ​

Watch our video to see a sample of the winning projects from the building designers who demonstrated excellence in the following categories. 

High Quality Documentation
Sponsored by ACT Metropolitan Certifiers
WINNER: Patrick Swain of Kydra Designs for Linsen Strawbale Residence
The Strawbale residence is to be built on an elevated rural block which has expansive views. The house will incorporate clay and lime rendered walls, timber structural members, double glazing with good cross ventilation, off grid solar and battery system for electricity, large capacity rainwater collection and a glass tube solar hot water system
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Tristan Ryall of Architecture Republic for Wamboin Extension

Outstanding Value for Money 
Sponsored by Building Innovation Centre
WINNER: Simon Croker of SC Design Solutions for The Greenhouse of Little Bridgy
Through clever conversion of a disused Green House, Simon has provided his clients with a self-contained highly functional guest retreat with a kitchenette, sitting area and bedroom. The flexible open plan allows the spaces to be used alternately.  Obtaining reclaimed flooring and locally sourcing timber for the windows, doors and decking made the project cost effective as well as aesthetically pleasing and sympathetic to the residence’s surroundings.The retreat is private and provides guests with expansive views.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Adam Hobill of Adam Hobill Design for Deakin K Residence​

Design Excellence 
Sponsored by Rivoland Tiles
WINNER: Adam Hobill of Adam Hobill Design for Deakin Residence
With beautiful bluestone and timber clad feature walls, this luxurious home in Deakin has been designed to stretch along the long side boundary and tuck into the southern side of the block.  All bedrooms and two of the living spaces overlook the beautifully landscaped rear yard and enable access to year round northern natural light.  There are three separate living spaces, each with distinct qualities of aspect, outlook & size. The front living space is a distinctly adult space for evening relaxation in contrast to the open plan kitchen, dining and family room which offers fabulous entertaining opening directly to the large rear entertaining deck and spa area via oversize full height sliding doors.  The smallest living space, a reading and music nook nestled amongst the bedrooms, offers a private and cosy space to escape to in relative isolation whilst still being effortlessly connected to the outdoors.​
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Bruce Condell of Blue Sky Homes for Majors Creek​

Solar Passive/Sustainable Design 
Sponsored by Viewco Glass
WINNER: Simon Croker of SC Design Solutions for Gunyi Retreat
Built with expansive northern views over Yass Valley, Gunyi Retreat blends seamlessly into its bushland environment with Grey Iron Bark Cladding and walls clad in rock from the site.  It is off grid, solar passive, with effective cross ventilation provided by its east west orientation.  Polished concrete floors and internal masonry walls provide thermal mass storage obtained through the large double glazed north facing sliding doors.  External sliding shutters provided protection as needed.  100,000 litres of on-site water storage supplies the solar hot water system.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Tristan Ryall of Architecture Republic for Wanniassa Renovation​

ACT BDA Building Designer of the Year 
Sponsored by Viewco Glass
The major award, Building Designer of the Year, was awarded to one designer who the judging panel deem has demonstrated excellence in building design. 
WINNER: Angela Knock of Plan It Green
Angela has taken out this award as recognition of the diverse range of high quality projects that she submitted.   Angela’s projects included residential renovations, rural homes, outdoor living spaces, and urban extensions; all with great attention to detail in their design consideration, supported by consistently high quality documentation. After spending her childhood designing homes on scrap paper and napkins, Angela now has 13 years of experience in environmentally conscious building design.  Angela believes that homes that complement today’s way of living can be achieved through smart design focused on creating quality spaces rather than quantity of spaces. Angela’s ultimate focus is to create sustainable homes that allow people to live the way that best suits their family and lifestyle and which caters for their needs both now and into the future.​

All guests attending the event went in to the draw for a $1000 Southern Innovations Gift Certificate. Congratulations to Henry Smeltink for winning $1000 to spend at Southern Innovations.


The inaugural Building Designers Australia (BDA) ACT Chapter 2016 Design Awards were held at the Southern Innovations...

Posted by Southern Innovations on Wednesday, 6 April 2016


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