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    Forest Lodge ECO House by Chris Knierim wins top prize at BDA Design Awards

    Nathan Johnson

    An inspiring Sydney terrace house featuring a wealth of intelligent and bespoke systems has taken top honours at the 2014 Building Designers Australia (BDA) Design Awards, outshining more than 20 category winners to receive the program’s Design Excellence Award.

    Forest Lodge ECO House by Chris Knierim was also the recipient of the ‘New residential buildings up to 250sqm and over $2000/sqm’ and the ‘Residential sustainable buildings’ category prizes.

    The successes keep coming for Knierim who was also announced the winner of the Single Dwelling (New) category at 2014 Sustainability Awards for the same project.

     Photography by Belinda Mason & Nick Wilson

    The residential categories made up the majority of the awards with everything from the tiny Newmann Residence (under 250sqm) by Brent Reid to the massive Mulubinda Residence (450sqm) by Graeme Bakker celebrated.

    Exemplary alteration projects—large and small, multi-residential housing and interior designs were also rewarded on what was the biggest event on the BDA’s calendar.  

    The BDA were pleased with this year’s array of entrants and say they now have a new goal to raise the profile of building designers over the next twelve months.

    Full list of winners:

    Chris Knierim – Forest Lodge ECO, House Design Excellence Award, New residential buildings up to 250 sqm and over $2000/sqm and Residential sustainable buildings

    Kirk Gleeson – SAIF Accommodation, Paul Dass Memorial Award

    Brent Reid – Newmann Residence, New residential buildings up to 250 sqm and under$2000/sqm

    Luke Van Jour – Medinah House, New residential buildings 251 to 350 sqm and under $2000/sqm

    Darryn Parkinson – Gladesville House, New residential buildings 251 to 350 sqm and over $2000/sqm

    Daniel Briffa – Darks Common, New residential buildings 351 to 450 sqm and under $2000/sqm

    Gerard Smith – The Riverhouse, New residential buildings 351 to 450 sqm and over $2000/sqm and Residential interiors

    Richard Lutze – Martin’s Lane, New residential buildings over 450 sqm and under $2000/sqm

    Graeme Bakker – Mulubinda Residence, New residential buildings over 450 sqm and over $2000/sqm

    Peter Downes – Careel Bay House, Residential alterations & additions up to $250,000

    Melanie Symington – Peat Residence, Residential alterations & additions over $250,000

    Luke Van Jour – Leichhardt House 2, Small lot housing (maximum lot size 350 sqm)

    Kirk Gleeson – SAIF Accommodation, Multi-residential up to 6 dwellings

    Michael Draper – One of a Kind Apartments, Multi-residential over 6 dwellings

    Joe El-Sabbagh – Huskisson Beach Units, Multi-residential medium or high rise / mixed use

    Louise Williams – Wollemia Urological Surgery, New commercial buildings up to $2m

    Gavin Tonkin – Cedar College Administration, New commercial buildings over $2m

    Chris White – Central Coast Volkswagon, Commercial alterations / additions

    Frank Geskus – LCS Early Learning Centre, Public buildings / structures

    John Hatch – Pilgrim’s Restaurant, Non-residential interiors and Heritage buildings / adaptive reuse

    Patrick Swain – RC Mesley Animal Hospital, Non-residential sustainable buildings

    Andrew Wilson - Public Indoor Swimming Pool, Student design

    Annaleisa Hampshire – Rear Lane Studio Bronte, Secondary dwellings / granny flats (65 m2 maximum interior space)

    Sponsors categories:

    Best use of Austral Bricks Kirk Gleeson – Walgett Aboriginal Medical Services Centre

    Best use of CSR Products Darren Evans – Blackburn Residence

    Best use of Colorbond Bluescope Steel Adam Hobill – O’Halloran Residence

    Best use of Weathertex Richard Lutze – Martin’s Lane

    Best use of Architectural Windows Systems Adam Hobill – O’Halloran Residence

    Best use of ITI Products Melanie Symington – Tayler Residence

    Best use of Unitex Products Daniel Briffa – Draper Manor

    Best use of James Hardie Products Melanie Symington – Tayler Residence

    Images: Supplied unless stated.

     

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