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    Clifftop mansion conquers all at 2015 National Building Design Awards

    Nathan Johnson

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    Winners of the 2015 National Building Design Awards have been announced by Building Designers Australia (BDA), revealing some of the best Australian-designed buildings delivered by BDA members over the past few years.

    Over 35 projects in 27 categories were awarded by the BDA in 2015, encompassing a large range of architectural projects constructed in NSW, Tasmania and South Australia.

    James Cooper of Sydney-based Sanctum Design was awarded the program’s top honour, the Design Excellence Award, for his massive Middle Harbour residence, aptly named 'Cliffhanger'.

    Deriving its name from its location, the Cliffhanger sits on a steep site overlooking Sydney Harbour, neighboured by a Harry Seidler residence and a modernist prototype by Douglas Snelling architect. The design solution focuses on a cost-effective lightweight construction methodology fleshed out with a combination of insulated Unitex cladding and grey ironbark textural infills. The building cascades down the clifftop and as such spreads a variety of living arrangements, linked by feature staircases and open planned spaces, over a four-storey home.

    The Cliffhanger edged out a Chris White design project for the award, White’s Pet Resorts Australia in Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast was given the only other named prize from the program – The Paul Dass Memorial Award.

    The Pet Resort also won the Commercial Alterations/Additions category , fighting off a strong field of entrants which included commended projects from Philip Wilkins and Tony Pike to win the prize.

    All the winning projects have been published in the BDA’s annual awards magazine, Winning Design Australia, which is available here.

    Full list of award winners and commendations:

    DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD

    Cliffhanger by James Cooper

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    Photography by Simon Wood


    PAUL DASS MEMORIAL AWARD

    Pet Resorts Australia Terrigal  by Chris White

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    NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS UP TO 250SQM AND UNDER $2000SQM

    Culburra Hemp House by Kirstie Wulf

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    Photography by Nathan Devine

    COMMENDATION

    • The Little House by Melanie Symington

    NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS UP TO 250SQM AND OVER $2000SQM

    The Wynn Residence by Melanie Symington

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    NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS 251 TO 350SQM AND UNDER$2000SQM

    Fan House by Michelle Hall

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    Photography by Kwan Law

    COMMENDATION

    • Pike Residence by Hugh Walker

    NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS 251 TO 350SQM AND OVER $2000SQM

    Yarralumla Residence by Adam Hobill

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    Photography by Adam McGrath

    COMMENDATION

    • Clareville House by Peter Downes

    NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS 351 TO 450SQM AND UNDER $2000SQM

    Esplanade House by Jennifer Binns

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    Photography by Dave Groves

    COMMENDATION

    • Thelma Drive by Roland Smeekes

    NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS 351 TO 450SQM AND OVER $2000SQM

    Pavilion House by Alex Urena-Sandoval

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    Photography by Alex Urena

    COMMENDATION

    • O’Connor Residence by Adam Hobill

    NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS OVER 450SQM AND UNDER $2000SQM

    The Run Way by Daniel Briffa

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    NEW RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS OVER 450SQM AND OVER $2000SQM

    Cliffhanger by James Cooper

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    Photography by Simon Wood


    RESIDENTIAL ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS UP TO $250,000

    Bullaburra Addition by Mark Davis

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    Photography by Camile Walsh


    RESIDENTIAL ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS $250,001 - $500,000

    COMMENDATION

    • Campbell Residence by Adam Hobill

    RESIDENTIAL ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS OVER $500,000

    Grandview by Mike Besley


    DUAL OCCUPANCY (UP TO 2 STOREYS)

    Sunset Boulevard by Adrian Sorensen

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    NEW COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS UP TO $2M

    InterAction Printing by Hugh Walker

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    NEW COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS OVER $2M

    Adelaide Entertainment Centre Cark Park by John Bryant 

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    COMMERCIAL ALTERATIONS / ADDITIONS

    Pet Resorts Australia Terrigal by Chris White

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    COMMENDATIONS

    • River Deck CafĂ© by Philip Wilkins
    • Gulson Jeep & Alfa Canberra by Tony Pike

    PUBLIC BUILDINGS / STRUCTURES

    Secondary Learning Centre by Milton Smith  

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    RESIDENTIAL SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS

    Headlam House by Jo Woodbury

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    SMALL SCALE PROJECTS UP TO $50,000

    Bay of Fires Bath Pavilion by Jo Woodbury


    SMALL SCALE PROJECTS $50,001 - $100,000

    Green Living Centre by Tracy Graham


    STUDENT DESIGN WINNER

    Glebe Apartments by Paul McIntyre

    COMMENDATION

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    HERITAGE BUILDINGS / ADAPTIVE REUSE

    Cerebral Palsy Alliance by Richard Lutze


    BEST USE OF ARCHITECTURAL WINDOWS SYSTEMS

    Castle Hill BTTW by Mike Besley


    BEST USE OF BRICKWORK LIMITED PRODUCTS

    The Terrace by David Manche


    BEST USE OF COLORBOND BLUESCOPE STEEL

    Palmerston Project by Darren Evans


    BEST USE OF CSR PRODUCTS

    Coalcliff Ocean View by Jeff Lee


    BEST USE OF ITI PRODUCTS

    Alfresco + Entry Addition by Milton Smith


    BEST USE OF JAMES HARDIE PRODUCTS

    Pike Residence by Hugh Walker 


    BEST USE OF UNITEX PRODUCTS

    Squeaking Point by Frank Gesku

     

     

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