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    Backstage scoop: Inside the 2017 Sustainability Awards Gala

    Kirsty Sier

    We did it again. For the 11th year running, Architecture & Design got some of the biggest names in the Australian architecture and design together in a room to celebrate some of the industry’s most sustainable projects.

    Last Thursday 26 October, the who’s who of A&D – architects, builders, developers, designers, specifiers and more – gathered at Doltone House in Sydney to celebrate sustainability and those who promote it.

    From the food to the speeches to the people and projects that made it all possible, the night was a tremendous success. After months of painstaking scrutiny, the esteemed Sustainability Awards judging panel whittled down a shortlist of 45 finalists down to 12 deserving winners, which can be viewed below.

    In case you missed out on the celebrations – or in case you want to re-live the night – we’ve gathered together a selection of pictures from the event (above).

    A huge thank you to everyone who made the 2017 Sustainability Awards possible, from our generous sponsors to our formidable judges to all of the entrants and everyone who attended.

    Enjoy the pictures, and see you next year.

    BUILDING PRODUCT

    WINNER

    Arnhem Lounge Range by WINYA Indigenous Furniture

    From the judges: “The Arnhem range is a social and environmental collaboration with remote Northern Territory Indigenous landowners and a remote Indigenous mill to provide waste timbers off mine-site clearing to produce custom made soft seating. Salvaged timbers that would otherwise be wasted create Indigenous employment both in remote areas and apprenticeships in cities.”

    COMMERCIAL

    WINNER

    EY Centre, 200 George St by Mirvac

    From the judges: A gold shining beacon on the new Sydney skyline – it is a beacon for sustainability for planet and people. A well-deserved winner for its leadership in creating warmth and wellness through wood, natural light and more human forms. A building with beauty and brains.

    EDUCATION

    WINNER

    Charles Sturt University School of Engineering by ThomsonAdsett

    From the judges: A building with holistic sustainability leadership for students to create a spark for the next generation of thinking and learning. This honeycomb of learning will take our leaders into a positive future - we look forward to watching them come out into the world to create even more meaningful change.

    HERITAGE

    WINNER

    Skipping Girl Vinegar Factory Conversion by ONE20 Architects

    From the judges: Adaptive reuse is a good thing, but repurposing every piece of old material in the process takes the Skipping Girl Factory project to a higher level of performance, and makes it an exemplar for so much of our urban renewal and revitalisation.

    INNOVATION OR APPLICATION

    WINNER

    La Trobe University Integrated Stormwater Management Project by CJ Arms & Associates

    From the judges: The physical and regulatory context of the La Trobe Stormwater Project set a very high bar for the project team, which they cleared in a most beautiful and restorative way.

    INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE

    WINNER

    Henry St House by Eugene Cheah Architecture

    From the judges: Interiors that consider impacts well beyond the site itself in both geography and time are always to be commended. Henry St House holds up the beauty and sustainability of our noble indigenous Hoop Pine, and sets itself up for minimal impacts down through time when its working life comes to an end.

    LANDSCAPE & URBAN DESIGN

    WINNER

    Adelaide Botanic Gardens Wetland by TCL

    From the judges: It's easy for east coast people to forget about how water-dependent the rest of Australia is, and Adelaide especially, being at the tail-end of the Murray-Darling Basin. So, a wetland in that environment that invites participation, and elegantly and creatively thumbs its nose at those who show scant regard for the health of the river system, is a project for all Australian's to be very proud of.

    MULTIPLE DWELLING

    WINNER

    Gen Y Housing by David Barr Architects

    From the judges: We would expect some great exemplar projects to arise from the White Gum Valley precinct, and Gen Y does not disappoint. It challenges some conventional notions of living space, without compromising liveability and utility.

    PUBLIC

    WINNER

    Sunshine Coast University Hospital by Lendlease

    From the judges: The importance of buildings in promoting and sustaining health cannot be underestimated - this hospital shows how this typology can be leaders in providing places of wellbeing.

    SINGLE DWELLING – ALTERATION OR ADDITION

    WINNER

    Cheese House by Positive Footprints

    From the judges: Retrofitting our existing housing stock is essential in creating a positive living future – this delightful project showcases many ingenious ideas for how to do this.

    SINGLE DWELLING – NEW

    WINNER

    Downsize Up(Grade) House by Positive Footprints

    From the judges: Providing appropriate housing for our aging population that is comfortable, enjoyable and located in peoples' established ecosystems is fundamental to being able to thrive and enjoy retirement.

    ACHIEVEMENT OF MERIT

    WINNER

    Breathe Architecture and the Nightingale team

    From the judges: Breathe Architecture and the Nightingale Team are inspiring industry change and creating genuine market demand for a new way of living. In doing so they are creating communities that demonstrate people, planet and profit need not be at odds with each other.

    BEST OF THE BEST

    WINNER

    Gen Y Housing by David Barr Architects

    From the judges: Tackling the hardest issues: social sustainability and land use. Distinguished by taking on social sustainability: demographics and density.

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