Good design creates engaging and innovative places that are loved and valued by the people who use them. The City of Whitehorse Built Environment Awards celebrate the value of good design and creative thinking by showcasing the best in design and environmental sustainability in the built environment. The awards recognise and celebrate the people who contribute to good design within the City of Whitehorse.
Earnshaw & Associates
The brief was to design a “green” home that would take full advantage of the unique bushland setting and creek meandering through the property.
The design intent included:
The house has strong environmental sustainability merit, achieving the equivalent of a 10 Star Energy rating by being energy efficient, minimising ground surface disturbance, careful materials choices, low water use and landscaping with indigenous plant species which have low water requirements.
ArchiBloxPhotography: Tom Ross
This home is cantilevered over the sloped site capturing views to Gardiners Creek Reserve. Its position amongst the trees making it feel more like a tree house than a regular home.
This prefabricated building is separated into two wings, the orientation of each capturing views of the natural landscape setting and bushland setting beyond.
DE atelier Architects
This project involved the construction of 2 stand-alone dwellings on an old church tennis court. The most recognizable architectural feature is the striking 2-storey high timber awning feature over the entry. This sculptural form gives the buildings distinct character and gives a clue that the laneway has new life. Other elements of the buildings are more traditional which ensures the dwellings are in keeping with the broader neighbourhood character.
The design intent includes:
Idle ArchitecturePhotography: Hillary Bradford
The design intention for this project was to create a functional and beautiful family home with a strong indoor – outdoor connection both visually and functionally. This project involved the substantial remodeling of an existing California Bungalow and addition of a north facing living space. The California Bungalow was painstakingly and substantially reworked and continues to keep with the neighbourhood character.
The design intent includes:
This renovation takes an existing building and transforms it into a contemporary, open planned home with a strong connection to the outdoors. The project uses locally sourced rocks to complement the feature stone work on the building and to create an attractive and engaging natural landscape.
Idle Architecture Studio
This project demonstrates an innovative approach to planning and design of an apartment arrangement which responds distinctively to its context. The concept of a double interlocking apartment allows the southern apartments to have two dual aspects. This solution provides natural ventilation and increases access to natural light.
Spectrum Apartments uses community based architectural language and an innovative approach to low-rise apartment layout. The key aspect of the development is the open central north facing atrium. The internal circulation areas are open to the outdoors, providing better daylight and natural ventilation outcomes whilst allowing for vegetation to populate the open atrium. The architecturally activated colourful façade drew inspiration from the locally culturally diverse community. The overarching scope of the project was to bridge the gap in the market by providing comparatively affordable housing that is thoughtfully designed.
DE atelier Architects
This is a unique development of two contemporary townhouses nestled behind two 1950’s dwellings. The development worked with the steep slope and the existing dwellings to provide a benefit to the environment and street character by retaining the existing dwellings.
The new dwellings are contemporary in design, layout and material selection. Whilst contemporary, it was important to create a visual link across the development. Brick selection of the two new dwellings selectively matched the existing 1950’s dwelling. There is an innovative mix of new materials including, highly insulated Perspex on the front façade, rendered foam cladding and feature timber battens, providing screening to and from the new dwellings, whist still providing ample light within the dwellings.
Bamford - Architects
Photography: Peter Bennetts
The design of this building acknowledges and responds to the parkland setting to create a type of gatehouse building marking the entry to the parkland and heritage orchard. The ascending figure 8 loop plan creates continuous circulation, provides cross ventilation and equitable access to natural light and takes advantage of curated views to the parklands and distant hills whilst maintaining the security and privacy required of a police station.
The project incorporates water management initiatives such as storm water collection and reuse for irrigation and toilet flushing and storm water swales adjacent to police car parking to collect and filter water prior to entering the storm water system.
Law ArchitectsPhotography: Katherine Peasley, George Theodoridis and Adam Thwaites
The building provides an innovative learning environment which is bright and welcoming. Already the building has had a positive influence on the learning experience of students. The project includes a diverse range of internal and external spaces, inclusive of dedicated learning areas and informal gathering spaces.
The building and landscape incorporates a range of passive design features that provide a comfortable and inspiring learning environment. These include careful materials selection that are low VOC and environmentally conscious, mixed mode ventilation and water sensitive urban design elements such as rain gardens for storm water retention and reuse.
Law ArchitectsPhotography: George Theodoridis
This building was recently heritage listed as a significant example of Mid-Century Australian architecture. The project aimed to provide the desired physical transformation to enhance the Parish’s unique identity, while respecting and acknowledging the significance of the building itself. As part of the process, over 100 voices where heard to help bring physical renewal that would enhance parish life.
The specifics of this project offered the opportunity to creatively reuse and recycle everything possible from the original building.
Maria Danos ArchitecturePhotography: Sharyn Cairns
Mister + Miss Café is an innovative, conceptually based, sustainably driven example of adaptively re-using an existing warehouse into a successful hospitality destination. The business injects ‘life’ into middle Whitehorse Road by activating a small commercial streetscape. The former use of the site as Jatt Mechanics provided inspiration in the form of shapes, patterns and colours for the new use.
Environmental sustainability informed many design decisions including local design or fabrication of furniture, lighting and some fixtures. Upcycling of the existing building, retaining the existing party walls and concrete flooring and using recycled timber contributed to the sustainability credentials of the project.
Rptecture ArchitectsPhotography: Penn Cheung
This innovative project aims to represent and serve the multi-cultural community in Box Hill and beyond. The interior is a charismatic representation of the cuisine, a modern take on hawker style street food and offers a high level of functionality and user amenity to cater for the high volume patronage. The iconic posters are sourced from overseas and are reminiscent of South-East Asia in the early 20th century.
Biasol Design StudioPhotography: Ari Hatzis
This café uses a contemporary design philosophy that has been inspired by the industrial heritage of the Rooks Road surrounds. The interior is dynamic and elegant whilst simultaneously being inviting and engaging for the local workers and wider community. The curious and striking exploration of the Delaunay triangulation forms the basis of the cafes interior and branding. This complex series of tessellated panels that wrap the walls and ceilings used innovative thinking and contemporary construction techniques.
Green and Dale Associates
The project consists of the design of a range of landscape types for an aged care apartment and village development with a strong focus on communal activities. The projects scope included the creation of a range of safe, accessible and enjoyable spaces that encouraged community activity, incidental social opportunities, meaningful daily activities and included fitness and wellbeing activities such as a bowling green and a vegetable garden.
Ross U Design
This residential garden showcases culture and sustainability and is a great example of what can be achieved with trust, innovative thinking, fine detailing and limited use of hard materials and abundant planting. Key elements of the design such as the timber archway used traditional joinery methods and responded to the Japanese saying of “work with nature, not against it”.
One Red Tree LandscapingPhotography: Mont Albert Primary School
Mont Albert Primary School delivered a Centenary Playground as part of its Centenary Year celebrations, a gift from the school to the present and future students. After consulting with students and teachers it was decided there was a clear need for an additional playground and flexible spaces for students. An important part of the project was ensuring that student input was at the heart of the design. This project has been a collaborative effort that has been managed, funded and installed by the school community and has provided a playspace to enjoy, explore, relax and learn.
The design intent and process includes:
The final project delivered the top 3 themes, along with an outdoor learning space for 30 students which provides teachers with an invaluable space to offer different perspectives of a learning environment.
This building received heritage listing in 2014 and is a significant example of Mid-Century Australian architecture. The building was designed in 1975 by McIntosh and Harris and is one of only a few mid-century buildings for public use in the region that still clearly exemplifies Mid-Century Australian architecture. The assertively modernist simple shape of the edifice is characterised by key elements such as the slot windows, butterfly skillion roof, glazed entry façade and concrete entry porch. The building makes for an extraordinary example of modern and innovative ecclesiastical space. The design aimed to maintain, restore where damaged and protect where still intact the integrity of the architecture, structure and aesthetic of the building while satisfying the client’s requests and needs.
In addition, the following awards are presented:
Please refer to the below document which specifies the judging criteria for each category.
View the 2015 Shortlisted Projects.
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