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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Law ArchitectsPhotography: George Theodoridis
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.
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.
In addition, the following awards are presented:
Please refer to the below document which specifies the judging criteria for each category.
View the 2017 shortlisted projects.
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