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    Best Bayside architecture celebrated at Built Environment Awards

    Nicholas Rider

    A house described as a “highly unusual building that is as much a sculpture as habitation” has come out on top at the 2017 Bayside Built Environment Awards.

    March Studio’s design for 24 Victoria St, Brighton received the Best of the Best prize at the annual awards gala, which recognises innovation and architectural quality across the built environment of Melbourne’s Bayside region. 

    Key design features of the Victoria St dwelling include a ground floor that has been sunken a metre into the earth, a nine-metre ramp of native grasses at street level, and a dynamic copper screen.

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    24 Victoria St, Brighton by March Studio. Photography by Peter Bennetts

    "Few new buildings provide intrigue and invoke query in the way that this building does and it does it with skill craftmanship and confidence," the judges noted.

    The March Studio-designed house also took out the Most Creative Design and the Best New Building Design categories.

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    24 Victoria St, Brighton by March Studio. Photography by Peter Bennetts

    Almost 120 community nominations, across eight categories, were received this year. The winners were announced on Wednesday night at Brighton Town Hall.

    Full list of winners below:

    MOST CREATIVE DESIGN

    24 Victoria St, Brighton by Rodney Eggleston, March Studio

    BEST RENOVATION/EXTENSION

    HIGH COMMENDATION

    • 10 Collins St, Brighton by Dale Crowhurst, Crowhurst Building Design

    BEST MEDIUM DENSITY HOUSING

    115-117 Dendy St, Brighton by David Doyle and Maria Catalano, 4d Architects

    2 Well St, Brighton by Kim Lowman, RotheLowman

    BEST HERITAGE RENOVATION OR RESTORATION

    27 Wilson St, Brighton by Sarah Crowley, Crowley Projects

    BEST COMMERCIAL BUILDING

    432 Bluff Rd, Hampton (Bambini Early Learning Centre) by Ian Perkins, Perkins Architects

    BEST ECOLOGICALLY SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

    16 Hudson St, Hampton by Bruce Herbes & Jan Bagley

    BEST NEW BUILDING

    24 Victoria St, Brighton by Rodney Eggleston, March Studio

    BEST OF THE BEST

    24 Victoria St, Brighton by Rodney Eggleston, March Studio

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