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2015 National Building Design Awards
2015 National Architecture Awards
2015 World Architecture Festival Awards
2015 Sustainability Awards
2015 Australian House of the Year


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 Café 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

  • Cronulla Beach House by Sarath Ranaweera

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