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    Giant Lotus Flower among finalists for 2014 Victorian Premier's Design Awards

    Nathan Johnson

    Thirty projects by Australian architects, including a massive lotus flower building, have been announced as finalists for the 2014 Victorian Premier's Design Awards.

    Projects from this year’s Architectural Design category are varied, with library, residential, hospital and education architecture all featured.

    A noticeable finalist is The Lotus Building and People’s Park in China designed by Studio505 (pictured below). The building features a giant lotus flower fa├žade which wraps a double storey subterranean municipal facility and appears to float on the surrounding lake.

    Finalists from six categories have been announced, including Architectural Design, Product Design, Communication Design, Digital Design, Service Design and Design Strategy.

    Also of interest to the industry are a few projects from the Product Design category. The Immediate Response Shelter by Charlwood Design (pictured below) is a promising product for aid relief and has been well received by working charities such as IRFC and Oxfam. The D900+ Led Downlight from Brightgreen also features; its interchangeable fascia system and 30 year bulb life impressing the judges.

    The Best in Category and Premier's Design Award of the Year will be announced at a presentation ceremony in Melbourne in September.

    The full list of Architecture Design finalists:

    • Bendigo Library by MGS Architects (Architecture, Urban Design, Interiors) (below)

    • Black House by Andrew Maynard Architects
    • City of Greater Dandenong – New Municipal Building and Civic Square by Lyons (Architects)
    • Convertible Courtyards House by Christopher Megowan Design (below)

    • Deakin University, Burwood Highway Frontage Building by Woods Bagot
    • McIntyre Drive Social Housing, Altona by MGS Architects
    • NGV Community Hall by McBride Charles Ryan
    • Phoenix Valley by studio505
    • The Commons by Breathe Architecture
    • the ghost & mrs muir (drifthouse) by multiplicity - design architects
    • Adriano Zumbo Patisserie by Elenberg Fraser
    • Arrow Studio by  Peter Hogg + Toby Reed Architects (below)

    • Balwyn North Heritage Overlay Residence by SWG STUDIO
    • E589 by Architects EAT (below)

    • Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences by ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects
    • Florence Street by Nest Architects
    • Grange by Vibe Design Group (below)

    • great ocean rd house by itn architects
    • Harris Blake and Parsons Optometrists by Two Design Pty Ltd
    • Hortus – Harbour Esplanade Temporary Activation Project by Folk Architects
    • Hover House by Bower Architecture, Architecture & Interior Design
    • Melton Library and Learning Hub by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
    • Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre at Austin Hospital by Jackson Architecture
    • Placemaking Projects in Rural Palestine by Inclusive Design
    • Precinct Energy Project, Dandenong  by Peter Hogg + Toby Reed Architects
    • RMIT Vietnam, Academic Building 2 by Pentago Spowers International (Architecture)
    • The Lotus Building and People’s Park by studio505 (below)

    • The Quays by McBride Charles Ryan
    • Victoria University, Student Led Interprofessional Health Clinic, Werribee Designed by Woods Bagot

    All Images: Good Design

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