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    MDS scores big at the 2018 BDAV Building Design Awards

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    Acknowledging and encouraging excellence in building design, the 23rd Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) Building Design Award winners were announced last Saturday, 4 August 2018 at the National Gallery of Victoria.

    Melbourne Design Studios (MDS) was the big winner on the night, winning the overall Building Design of the Year award for their 7 star NatHERS rated luxury townhouses in Richmond (No Two The Same), which also won the awards for best Multi Residential Design and Excellence in the use of Timber. The project also won two commendations: Residential Interior Design and Most Innovative Bathroom Design.

    Located in an historic and tightly-held pocket of inner-city Melbourne, this townhouse development features six bespoke urban residences, along with the award-winning transformation of a derelict Victorian heritage dwelling also located on site.

    The development balances a heritage setting with contemporary design, redefining typical urban townhouse design to hero connection with the landscape and surrounds.

    Marking a departure from conventional townhouse typology, each dwelling offers multi-functional and spacious living in an otherwise tightly built-up urban area. Boasting a rare combination of light-filled internal spaces gathered around multiple outdoor spaces and rooftop terrace with city skyline views, each townhouse has over 20 percent more outdoor space than a typical solution.

    The sustainable brief and inspiration for the project also provided the opportunity for innovative solutions and departures from the standard townhouse architecture. Designed in response to the Melbourne climate, each townhouse offers a holistic and contemporary approach to sustainable design and passive solar design principles.

    Other winners include Beaumont Concepts’ prototype affordable sustainable house (CORE9), which received awards for Best Environmentally Sustainable DesignResidential and Best Energy Efficient Design.

    Family-owned Ego Pharmaceuticals’ new energy efficient headquarters (Ego) won best Non-Residential Design – New Project, while Luke Fry’s transformation of one of St Kilda’s finest Art Deco homes (Chaddesley Avenue) won the award for best Residential Interior Design.

    Little Brick Studio took out the popular People’s Choice Award for their affordable high-quality dual occupancy project in Mornington (Mitchell Street).

    This year’s awards featured over 30 categories, from single dwelling and multi-residential projects, to interior design, commercial, education, hospitality, heritage conservation, and public buildings.

    The awards typically place an emphasis on sustainability in building design, with categories including ‘Best Energy Efficient’, ‘Best Environmentally Sustainable’, and a new category: ‘Excellence in the use of Recycled Materials’.

    According to BDAV president Lindsay Douglas, each year the Awards entries “go from strength to strength and provide not only the broader community with a window into the profession’s capabilities, but foster within BDAV members a sense of professional pride and a benchmark for best-practice projects.”

    The full list of winners is below and can also be found here.

    WINNER

    Melbourne Design Studios Pty Ltd for No Two the Same

    RESIDENTIAL DESIGN NEW HOUSE $300K-600K

    WINNER

    Design Unity Pty Ltd for Merricks Beach House

    COMMENDATION

    Beaumont Concepts for CORE 9

    RESIDENTIAL DESIGN NEW HOUSE $600K-$1M

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    WINNER

    Arki Design Studio for Martha's Peak

    COMMENDATION

    Mt Martha Drafting & Design for Barkly Street House

    RESIDENTIAL DESIGN NEW HOUSE OVER $1M

    WINNER

    Tina Lindner Building Design for SSO Project

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    COMMENDATION

    Rachcoff Vella Architecture Pty Ltd for Wildcoast

    MULTI RESIDENTIAL DESIGN

    WINNER

    Melbourne Design Studios Pty Ltd for No Two the Same

    RESIDENTIAL BEST SMALL LOT DESIGN

    WINNER

    JFK Design for Project Napier

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    COMMENDATION

    placeformspace for Chronicles of Hewhill

    RESIDENTIAL DESIGN ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS UP TO $250K

    WINNER

    Tina Lindner Building Design for Charles Project

    RESIDENTIAL DESIGN ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS $250K-$500K

    WINNER

    Luke Fry Pty Ltd for Chaddesley Avenue

    COMMENDATION

    JFK Design for Project Napier

    RESIDENTIAL DESIGN ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS $500K-$1M

    WINNER

    EME Design Pty Ltd for Courtyard House

    RESIDENTIAL DESIGN ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS OVER $1M

    WINNER

    Project Now (Vic) Pty Ltd for Neill Street

    NON-RESIDENTIAL DESIGN NEW PROJECT

    WINNER

    Crosier Scott & Associates Pty Ltd for Ego Pharmaceuticals Headquarters

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    COMMENDATION

    Project Now (Vic) Pty Ltd for Integrated Medical Centre

    NON-RESIDENTIAL DESIGN ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONS

    WINNER

    Form & Function Building Design for St Joseph’s Parish Project

    RESIDENTIAL HERITAGE DESIGN

    JOINT WINNER

    Peter Jackson Design Pty Ltd for Werai

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    JOINT WINNER

    EME Design Pty Ltd for Courtyard House

    NON-RESIDENTIAL HERITAGE DESIGN

    WINNER

    Form & Function Building Design for St Joseph’s Parish Project

    BEST ENERGY EFFICIENT DESIGN-RESIDENTIAL

    WINNER

    Beaumont Concepts for CORE 9

    COMMENDATION

    Maxa Design Pty Ltd for Kallista

    BEST ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE DESIGN-RESIDENTIAL

    WINNER

    Beaumont Concepts for CORE 9

    COMMENDATION

    EME Design Pty Ltd for Passive Butterfly

    RESIDENTIAL RESTORATION

    WINNER

    Peter Jackson Design Pty Ltd for Werai

    NON-RESIDENTIAL RESTORATION

    WINNER

    Form & Function Building Design for St Joseph’s Parish Project

    RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR DESIGN

    WINNER

    Luke Fry Pty Ltd for Chaddesley Avenue

    COMMENDATION

    Melbourne Design Studios Pty Ltd for No Two the Same

    COMMENDATION

    Rachcoff Vella Architecture Pty Ltd for Wildcoast

    NON-RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR DESIGN

    WINNER

    Crosier Scott & Associates Pty Ltd for Ego Pharmaceuticals Headquarters

    COMMENDATION

    Sync Design for Gigil Café

    MOST INNOVATIVE SMALL WORKS PROJECT

    WINNER

    Form & Function Building Design for Koala Childcare North Campus

    PAST PRESIDENTS’ AWARD FOR BEST RESPONSE TO A DESIGN BRIEF

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    WINNER

    Melbourne Design Studios Pty Ltd for No Two the Same

    PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

    WINNER

    Little Brick Studio for Mitchell Street Project

    MOST INNOVATIVE KITCHEN DESIGN

    WINNER

    Luke Fry Pty Ltd for Chaddesley Avenue

    COMMENDATION

    More Detail Pty Ltd for Long Island Point Kitchen

    MOST INNOVATIVE BATHROOM DESIGN

    WINNER

    Design Unity Pty Ltd for Switchback Residence

    COMMENDATION

    Melbourne Design Studios Pty Ltd for No Two the Same

    COMMENDATION

    Rachcoff Vella Architecture Pty Ltd for Wildcoast

    EXCELLENCE IN USE OF STEEL

    WINNER

    Luke Fry Pty Ltd for Chaddesley Avenue

    COMMENDATION

    Maxa Design Pty Ltd for Kallista

    EXCELLENCE IN USE OF TIMBER

    WINNER

    Melbourne Design Studios Pty Ltd for No Two the Same

    COMMENDATION

    Quin Wyatt Building Designers for Clipper Quay

    COMMENDATION

    Sync Design for Gigil Café

    EXCELLENCE IN USE OF GLASS

    WINNER

    Vibe Design Group Pty Ltd for Morell Street

    EXCELLENCE IN USE OF MASONRY

    WINNER

    Form & Function Building Design for Koala Childcare North Campus

    COMMENDATION

    Peter Jackson Design Pty Ltd for Werai

    EXCELLENCE IN USE OF CONCRETE

    WINNER

    Rachcoff Vella Architecture Pty Ltd for Wildcoast

    COMMENDATION

    Arki Design Studio for Martha's Peak

    EXCELLENCE IN USE OF LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIALS

    WINNER

    Project Now (Vic) Pty Ltd for Integrated Medical Centre

    EXCELLENCE IN USE OF RECYCLED MATERIALS

    WINNER

    Quin Wyatt Building Designers for Clipper Quay

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    COMMENDATION

    Peter Jackson Design Pty Ltd for Western

    BEST RESPONSE TO A DESIGN BRIEF BY A STUDENT

    WINNER

    Heidi Stoll, Bendigo TAFE

    BEST DIGITAL PRESENTATION BY A STUDENT

    WINNER

    Soroush Maghsoudi, Box Hill Institute

    DRAFTING EXCELLENCE BY A STUDENT

    WINNER

    Soroush Maghsoudi, Box Hill Institute

    COMMENDATION

    Xuan On Phan, Holmesglen

    BEST INTERIOR DESIGN BY A STUDENT

    WINNER

    Yuanita Kuswara, Holmesglen (Interiors)

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