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    The nation’s best in building design for 2015 have been recognised by the National Association of Building Designers (NABD) at the annual National Building Design Awards, held 17 October.

    More than 25 projects across Australia were awarded for showcasing expertise, creativity and excellence in building design, but it was a renovation of a 12 hectolitre microbrewery project in Western Australia that took home the coveted National Building Design of the Year award.

    Designed by local firm d4 Designs, Northbridge Brewing Company was also awarded the ‘Best New/Alteration/Addition Commercial Design’ and the ‘Best New/Alteration/Addition Industrial Design’ prize and was recognised by the NABD for complementing the bustling activity of Northbridge Piazza, and its celebration of the art of beer brewing within the fabric of the building.

    “The open air bar brings a refreshing and sophisticated element, creating a relaxed and welcoming space for local Northbridge residents and interstate travellers,” says Steven Claridge, Chair of the Judging Panel.

    “Visually, the venue responds perfectly and respectfully to the site, giving the interior a robust industrial aesthetic with superb interplay between form, function and the patrons.”

    The architecture of Northbridge Brewing Company celebrates the art of beer brewing most overtly by showcasing the facility’s wort kettles within the two glass towers incorporated within street front façade.  

    Patrons are also invited into the brewing process quite literally. The micro-brewery is completely uncovered and situated at the entrance to the venue so visitors physically walk through all of its kettles, pipes, taps and primary kegs before making their way to the bar.

    Director of d4 Designers, Douglas Paton, explains that his firm’s choice of materials, such as glass, steel copper, raw concrete and recycled bricks, take their cue from the site’s industrial history.

    “Our objective was to incorporate the natural surroundings of the brewery and provide a relaxed backdrop for the public to explore,” says Paton.

    “This is an impressive and bold design, and we’re proud to have been part of a project that will give a great deal back to the local Northbridge community.”

    The Northbridge Brewing Company was placed first ahead of an impressive number of projects from Queensland, Victorian and Western Australian building designers that were announced as winners and commendations on the night.

    Full list of winning projects and commendations:

    NATIONAL BUILDING DESIGN OF THE YEAR 2015

    Northbridge Brewing Company by d4 Designs

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    BEST SMALL DWELLING DESIGN – UP TO 150SQM

    Urban Oasis Townhouse by Peter Searle Design. Photography by Simon Smith Photography 

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    BEST SMALL LOT DESIGN

    Wray Avenue by Sam Martin Building Design. Photography by Georgina Walsh

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    BEST NEW RESIDENTIAL DESIGN – UP TO $500K 

    Planet Homes Display by Reitsma + Associates. Photography by Kelly Black

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    Commendation

    • Silverleaves Project by Beumont Concepts

    BEST NEW RESIDENTIAL DESIGN – $500K to $1M

    Coastal Exposure by Designers by Nature. Photography by Rowena Naylor Photography

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    Commendations

    • 700 Haus by Glow Design Group
    • Hebe Brace by Visionary Vanguard

    BEST NEW RESIDENTIAL DESIGN – OVER $1M CONSTRUCTION COST

    Tarakan by Rachcoff Vella Architecture. Photography by Christine Francis Photography

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    Commendation

    • White Stone House by Chris Clout Design

    BEST ALTERATION/ADDITION RESIDENTIAL DESIGN – UP TO $350K 

    Convertible Courtyards House by Christopher Megowan Design. Photography by Nils Koenning

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    BEST ALTERATION/ADDITION RESIDENTIAL DESIGN – $350K to $800K 

    North Perth Renovation bby arc seven.1. Photography by F22 Photography

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    Commendation

    • Fitzroy North by EME Design

    BEST NEW/ALTERATION/ADDITION PUBLIC BUILDING DESIGN

    Koala Childcare and Early Learning Centre by Form & Function Building Design. Photography by Phinc

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    Commendation

    • Maranoa Regional Council - Roma Community Hub by StruXi Design

    BEST NEW/ALTERATION/ADDITION COMMERCIAL DESIGN

    Northbridge Brewing Company by d4 Designs

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    BEST NEW/ALTERATION/ADDITION INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

    Northbridge Brewing Company by d4 Designs

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    BEST RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR DESIGN

    Preston Townhouses by Taylor Reynolds. Photography by Patrick Reynolds

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    BEST NON-RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR DESIGN

    LK Group by Studio Mint. Photography by Latitude Group

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    BEST HERITAGE DESIGN

    Heritage Re-Invention by EME Design. Photography by EME Design

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    BEST SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

    Green + Gold House by Positive Footprints. Photography by Nick Stephenson Photography 

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    BEST SPECIAL PROJECT DESIGN

    Richmond Icon-Dimmeys by Armsby Architects. Photography by Latitude Group

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    BEST MULTI-RESIDENTIAL DESIGN UP TO SIX DWELLINGS

    Preston Townhouses by Taylor Reynolds. Photography by Patrick Reynolds

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    BEST MULTI-RESIDENTIAL DESIGN OVER SIX DWELLINGS

    Commendation

    • Loftus Street by Meyer Shiracore & Associates
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