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    Birkenstock Australia HQ by Melbourne Design Studios wins BDAV Building Design of the Year

    Geraldine Chua

    Winners of the 19th annual Building Designers Association of Victoria’s (BDAV) Building Design Awards have been announced, with Melbourne Design Studios awarded top honours for the new Birkenstock Australia headquarters.

    Situated in a two-storey heritage listed building in Clifton Hill, Victoria, the design translated Birkenstock’s core values into spatial experiences, illustrating the brand’s commitment to quality, craftsmanship, sustainability, honesty and a healthy lifestyle.

    Melbourne Design Studios’ director Marc Bernstein-Hussmann, who won the Small Commercial category at the 2013 BPN Sustainability Awards for the same project, says nature formed an integral part of the project. Sustainability was also incorporated into key elements from the outset, which meant that no late ‘add-on’ ESD initiatives were left out because of budget constraints.

    “This project does not just pay lip-service to sustainability. It is obvious that staff wellbeing and connectivity, customer experience and the Birkenstock philosophy have all been carefully considered,” said Paul Hassall, chair of the judging panel.

    “Refined space planning, the selection of natural and sustainable materials, recycled elements, extensive use of indoor planting and natural light show a maturity in considering the building, its users, customers, and the natural environment.”

    Photography by Peter Clarke & Marc Bernstein-Hussmann

    Birkenstock Australia HQ also won prizes in the Non-Residential Design – Alterations and Additions, Interior Design – Non Residential, and Excellence in Use of Timber categories. 

    The People’s Choice Award went to Jarrod Sinclair’s 80 Grenfell Street project. The brief was to provide a concept retail branch for Bendigo and Adelaide Bank that could be drawn from for future design and specification.

    According to designer Jarrod Sinclair, the new design was about different spatial experiences. As opposed to just a teller counter and an entrance, the branch features open and semi-open spaces, enclosed offices, as well as breakout areas.

    Photography by Brett Hartwig

    As a high end finish, this pilot sits at the top of a three-tiered design that could see two additional specifications delivered to offer a similar look and feel from lesser budgets. So far, half a dozen branches have been rolled out based on Sinclair’s design.

    Maxa Design’s Brunswick Residence won the Best Environmentally Sustainable Design for Residential project award. Aiming to create an energy efficient home for retirement years, the new home is an extension of the Victorian-style structure, and features open-plan living whilst providing for minimal maintenance.

    Photography by Chris Neylon 

    Orientation and material selection helped the project achieve its 7 Star energy efficiency rating, with recycled ‘Brunswick reds’ – clay bricks that are a popular feature of many old homes in the area – providing a more sustainable building material.

    BDAV president Michael O’Sullivan praised the winners for combining innovation, strong aesthetics and environmental considerations in their projects.

    “The winners of this year’s awards once again demonstrated the high calibre of building design available to Victorians looking to build or renovate their home and for commercial projects,” said O’Sullivan.

    A selection of winning design projects will now be shortlisted for the inaugural National Alliance of Building Designers Awards, which will be held at Grand Designs Live in Melbourne in October 2014. 

    Full list of winners:

    Building Design of the Year 2014

    Birkenstock Australia HQ by Melbourne Design Studios

    10-Star Challenge

    Double Century House by Ande Bunbury Architects

    People’s Choice Award

    80 Grenfell Street by Jarred Sinclair

    Best Design of a Special Project

    Glen Osmond Farm by Peter Jackson Design

    Best Environmentally Sustainable Design – Residential

    Brunswick Residence by Maxa Design

    Best Energy Efficient Design

    Haven 8.5 by Bios Design Build Sustain and Eco Select

    Most Innovative Bathroom Design

    Chilled Form by Clever Design

    Most Innovative Kitchen Design

    Amaroo by Peter Jackson Design

    Residential Design – Alterations and Additions: $200,001-$500,000 construction cost

    Brunswick Residence by Maxa Design

    Commendation: Elsternwick Alterations by Sketch Building Design

    Commendation: Thornbury House by Mesh Design Projects

    Residential Design – Alterations and Additions: Over $500,000 construction cost

    Carpenter Street Residence by Dig Design

    Residential Design – New Houses: up to $300k construction cost

    Eco Balanced 1 by Beaumont Concepts

    Residential Design – New Houses: $300,000-$500,000 construction cost

    Glyde Residence by JFK Design

    Residential Design – New Houses: $500,001-$1M construction cost

    Chilled Form by Clever Design

    Commendation: Warragul Residence by Maxa Design

    Residential Design – New Houses: Over $1M construction cost

    White House by In2 Pty Ltd

    Commendation: Grange by Vibe Design Group

    Residential Design – Multi Residential

    Heritage Conservation Project – Residential

    Union of Old and New by Archsign

    Heritage Conservation Project – Non-Residential

    Drafting Excellence Award

    A Tasty Design by Archsign

    Interior Design – Non Residential

    Birkenstock Australia HQ by Melbourne Design Studios

    Commendation: Bundoora Dental Clinic by Cornall Building Design

    Interior Design – Residential

    Fairlight Residence by Hunter and Richards

    Non-Residential Design – New Project

    Highway Property by Brandrick Architects

    Non-Residential Design – Alterations and Additions

    Birkenstock Australia HQ by Melbourne Design Studios

    Excellence in Use of Timber

    Birkenstock Australia HQ by Melbourne Design Studios

    Commendation:Glen Osmond Farm by Peter Jackson Design

    Excellence in Use of Glass

    Highway Property by Brandrick Architects

    Excellence in Use of Steel

    Money Pit Investments Pty Ltd Medical Centre by Planwise Design

    Best Response to a design brief by a student

    Dover Street, Cremorne by Thomas Bird (RMIT University, School of Design TAFE)

    Best Digital Presentation by a student

    Dover Street, Cremorne by Hung Viet Tran (RMIT University, School of Design TAFE)

    Drafting Excellence by a student

    Richmond Mediatheque by Sher-Lene Lebek (Homesglen Institute)

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