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Design Matters National acknowledges, with thanks, the sponsors and partners of the 2022 Building Design Awards.


Design: Owen Walsh Printing: Southern Impact Suite 1, Level 1, 11 Queens Rd, Melbourne VIC 3184 03 9416 0227




Ronald Pickford Award: Jeremy Spencer

East Coast Life Member: Michael O Sullivan

West Coast Life Member: Alex Willis

Past Presidents Award (East Coast): David Tennant, Lambert Residence


National Building Design of the Year 2022 / Vic Building Design of the Year 2022, New House $750,001 to $1m Interior Design: Darrin Albert, Sketch Building Design, Iron House

NSW Building Design of the Year 2022: Dustin Leaney, Innerchi Studios, Tallwoods Chapel of Light

SA Building Design of the Year 2022: Geoff Alexander, Alexstar Building Designs, Glenelg

TAS Building Design of the Year 2022: John Weston, John Weston Architectural Design Pty. Ltd; Price House

WA Building Design of the Year 2022/ New House $1,000,001 - $2M (West Coast) Residential Rural Design (West Coast): John Damant, Arcologic Design, Wing House RESIDENTIAL


Excellence in the Use of Bricks (East Coast) New House $300,001-$500k (East Coast): Dylan Barber, Dylan Barber Building Design, Wimmera Residence

New House $300,001 - $500K (West Coast): Pernille Stent, DesignButton, Commonage Rd

New House $500,001 - $750K (East Coast): Luke Jennings, Project Now, Richards Project

House $500,001 - $750K (West Coast): John Damant, Arcologic Design, North Perth Rear Strata

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House 54 New House Over $3M (East Coast): Stephen Rachcoff, Rachcoff Vella Architecture, Atlas Retreat 56 Residential Alterations & Additions up to $350K (West Coast): Adrian Fratelle, Ecohabit, Day Residence 58 Residential Alterations & Additions $350,001 - $800K (East Coast): Darrin Albert, Sketch Building Design, Quo-Yung Terrace 60 Residential Alterations & Additions $350,001 - $800K (West Coast): Janik Dalecki, Dalecki Design, The Third 62 Residential Alterations & Additions over $800K (East Coast): Ari Karsarian, Ari Alexander Design Group, Back to the Future House 66 Residential Alterations & Additions over $800K (West Coast): Sam Martin, Sam Martin Building Design, Gloster Street 68 Bathroom Design (East Coast) Interior Design (East Coast): Bav Kizilkaya, A1 Design Studio, Kaya Residence 70 Bathroom Design (West Coast) / Kitchen Design (West Coast): Daniel Cassettai, Daniel Cassettai Design, Clontarf 2
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New House $750,001 - $1M (West Coast): Kyle Stacey, Stack Design, Little Albion
House $1,000,001 - $2M (East Coast): Darrin Albert, Sketch Building Design, Peak House
- $3M (East Coast): Zol Nagy, Nagy Design,
House $2,000,001 - $3M (West Coast): Kim Swinyard,
Atelier, Wonnil


Excellence in the use of Lightweight Materials (East Coast) / Dual Occupancy (East Coast): Marc Bernstein-Hussman, Melbourne Design Studios, Golden Bliss 78


Environmentally Sustainable Design (East Coast): Ashley Beaumont, Beaumont Building Design, Moonshadow 2 82

Residential Heritage Design (East Coast): Peter Jackson, Peter Jackson Design Pty Ltd, Turner 84

Interior Design (West Coast) / Small Home 150sqm (West Coast): Kim Swinyard, Studio Atelier, Stillwood Retreat, Denmark 88 Kitchen Design (East Coast): Shae Parker McCashen, Green Sheep Collective, 50/50s House 90

Multi-Residential up to $6M (East Coast): Darrin Albert, Sketch Building Design, 146 Orrong 92

Multi-Residential over $6M (East Coast): Janusz Kowal, CK Architecture, Olea 94

Residential Unbuilt Design (East Coast): Marc Bernstein-Hussman, Melbourne Design Studios, Future Housing: Sustainable, Accessible, Affordable 96

Residential Unbuilt Design (West Coast): John Damant, Arcologic Design, Filter House, Shoalwater 98

Residential Rural Design (East Coast) / Excellence in the use of Timber (East Coast): Darrin Albert, Sketch Building Design, Murray View 102

Small Home under 150sqm (East Coast): Jess Cuman, Adapt Design Group, Seastar 104

Small Works Project (West Coast): Emily Rousseau, Seau Studio, Glyde St


134 Excellence in Documentation (East Coast) / Past President’s Award (Commendation): Sam Bell, Bellhaus Design Office, Blairgowrie House 136 Excellence use of Bricks (West Coast) / People’s Choice (West Coast): Sarandy Karagiannis, Sarandis Design & Build, Project Mercer 140 Excellence in the use of Concrete (East Coast): Darren Cole-Sinclair, DCS Australia Pty Ltd, Buller Roo 144 Excellence use of Lightweight Materials (West Coast) / James Hardie (West Coast): Katie Shortland-Webb, KTR Creations, Studio on May


150 Best Digital Presentation by a Student Best Response to Design Brief by a Building Design student: John Quinlan, Assenture 152 Best Response to Design Brief by an Interior Design Student: Inesse Soussi 154 Excellence in Documentation by a Student: Hongyi Qi, Richmond Commercial Low Rise


155 2022 Building Design Awards Entrants


Commercial Unbuilt Design (East Coast): Ben Drysdale, Ben & Ben, Greensborough 110

Commercial Unbuilt Design (West Coast): Sash Miceski, Another Dimension Building Design, BMW & Mini 112 New commercial up to $2m (East Coast) / Excellence in the use of Steel (East Coast): Lindsay Douglas of Dig Design, Dimboola Library 114 New Commercial over $2M (East Coast): Alan Cubbon, Crosier Scott Architects, Mary MacKillop Senior School Building 118 New Commercial over $2M (West Coast): David Turcato, Motivo Studio, PMG Karratha 120 People’s Choice (East Coast): Sash Miceski, Another Dimension Building Design, Another Dimension Building Design Studio

122 Non-Residential Heritage (West Coast): Alex Willis, Willis Design Group, South Street Restoration Project



Non-Residential Interiors (East Coast): Alla DeLion, Studiomint, Greens Medical Group

Non-Residential Interiors (West Coast): Paul Lim & Kylene Tan, Mata Design Studio, Gage Roads Brewery, Fremantle

Design Matters National also acknowledges, with thanks, the judges of the 2022 Awards.

DMN Building Design Awards Judges

Belinda Stewart, 3875 Design & Drafting Griff Morris, Solar Dwellings Matthew Gee, Prefab Lab Pty Ltd Jason Holmes, The Retail Group Paul Wilson, Beilby Design

DMN Student Design Awards Judges: Peter Lombardozzi, Archsign Pty Ltd Belinda Stewart, 3875 Design & Drafting



It was wonderful to join our members in Perth and Melbourne at the Annual Building Design Awards this year, to celebrate their incredible work.

It took a long time, before I gathered up the courage to submit one of my projects for the annual awards; and even longer to win one. What I learnt was that entering the awards (regardless of whether you win or not!) provides all kinds of benefits: preparing an entry forces you to pause and reflect on the work you do, not just for the project being entered, but for all your other projects too. And a win can reinforce your belief in yourself, and what you have to offer. These benefits can be even more impactful than the marketing opportunities we all know an award can provide!

I encourage all our members to take the leap (at least once) to enter next year; and experience the excitement and fulfilment of the awards process as part of your professional journey.

I sincerely hope that all the entrants who participated this year got maximum value out of the experience and I thank all those members who entered for sharing their work with us; and (through this publication) with our wider community!


It was wonderful to join our members in Perth and Melbourne at the Annual Building Design Awards this year, to celebrate their incredible work.

The Annual Building Design Awards gives us an opportunity to look way back to when they were originally developed. The idea was to promote the Building Designer by showcasing their incredible skillsets and professionalism.

Whilst we all still strive every day to promote the work of Building Designers by educating the general population, I can honestly say we have come a long way. We know that we’re breaking ground by the respect and recognition we are receiving from wider industry and state and federal government departments as part of our consistent national advocacy work.

Building design has certainly evolved over time to not only consider the human environment but now it’s also considerate of the natural environment and the wider world we live in, for now and, well into the future.

The projects we celebrated at this year’s Awards balanced between aesthetic inspiration, sustainability and practical utility and I was pleased to underline that 11 of our entrants this year were women. Saying that, to all who have contributed their time and talents to these Awards down through all the years, I extend my deepest appreciation.

These awards shine a spotlight on the incredible masterpiece projects of our members that not only display the exceptional capabilities of Building Designers in Australia, but also help those who will shape the future of building design, and of course, inspire even better building design to make our lives better.

The spirit of the Design Matters National Building Design Awards has been an inclusive one, valuing all manner of buildings and spaces from residences to commercial offices, schools, hospitals and more, from signature Building Designers to those anonymous craftspeople who are all central to the message we want these Awards to convey.

The judging panel again this year has explored projects that push the boundaries of building design itself and have acknowledged the incredible quality of not only the winners but all the entrants.

To close, I want to share something I read, ‘building design is the only art form which has a direct, daily impact on the quality of human life’. And for that reason, to all the building designers, we celebrate you.






Ronald Pickford Award

The Ronald Pickford Award is in recognition of people who have contributed years of service to Design Matters National and to their industry which is outside of building design.

Jeremy Spencer

Jeremy has become renowned for his knowledge and expertise in building sustainably. He has committed countless hours to writing and delivering education on behalf of DMN including the development of Sustainability Week, a training course for builders to learn how to build net zero ready homes for the SA government and writing and delivering Designing for 7 stars for Sustainability Victoria. He is an active member of the Committee of Management and the brainchild behind the Design Matters National True Zero Carbon Challenge.

Life Member - East Coast

Michael O’Sullivan

Michael was President of Design Matters National from 2012 to 2014 (then known as the Building Designers Association of Victoria). He represented the organisation with integrity, vision, leadership and commitment with his passion and devotion continuing today.

Michael was also instrumental in elevating DMN’s presence to a national level and his extraordinary skills and talent as a multiple award winner lifted the bar of public perception of building designers.

Life Member - West Coast

Alex Willis

Alex Willis has been a part of the building design landscape for over 35 years holding member number #17 issued in 1987. He is a published author, a decorated serviceman, has studied almost every design course available and previously served on the BDAWA Committee of Management as Vice President, newsletter editor and judge. Alex is also a national awardwinning building designer, interior designer, heritage consultant and planner who has found time to be a TAFE student mentor for the last 25 years.


Past Presidents’ Award

Designer: David Tennant, Sync Design Location: Toorak Web:

Builder: Kabsav Projects Pty Ltd

Energy Assessor: Empire Thermal Photographer: Jack Lovel

Project Brief

Designed for family living as well as entertaining, Lambert Residence utilises the entirety of a tight 200m2 site to provide a spacious light filled home in the heart of Toorak. It boasts 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms with strong emphasis on connecting the main living area to a private open space. Each of the materials were complemented by the emphasis on the project’s exposure to natural light. Subtle textural metal and timber elements have been used in the palette to contrast the bold nature of the stone and black veneer. Large slabs of Pietra Nautica were carefully selected to be used in the kitchen and bathrooms, providing a subtle link between the spaces on the ground and first floors. The kitchen is located centrally in the heart of the home, adjacent to the family living and outdoor entertainment spaces. Linear clerestory windows run the extent of the western living wall, providing filtered and natural light throughout the ground floor of the home and privacy from a busy street corner.

The Judges said

Wow, what an amazing project! Well done

Sustainability Considerations

Given the tight constraints of the site, the design was from boundary to boundary. Spatial planning and natural light studies were conducted in the early design development stage to enhance the biophilic design of the home. Light filters through the home with use of high-level clerestory windows that span the extent of the ground floor living areas, flooding light and providing natural ventilation to the heart of the home. A round skylight is located above the central stair void and provides natural light to the first floor study and ground floor. The large windows are equipped with automated louvered blinds controlled to maximise or limit the amount of light entering the home.

David Tennant Lambert Residence Past Presidents’ Award (East Coast)
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National Building Design of the Year 2022 Vic Building Design of the Year 2022 New House $750,001 to $1m Interior Design

Designer: Darrin Albert, Sketch Building Design

Location: South Melbourne Web: Builder: Hemming & Nicoll

Interior Design: Nicole Chapman, Empire Interiors

Energy Assessor: Agincourt Energy Rater

Photographer: Tess Kelly Photography

The Judges said

Caring for its environment and using every square meter including the roof, this design fulfils the brief, bringing country living and openness to a challenging site. I just love this design response, it is so considered and well executed, it just speaks volumes. The best of compact European design with sharp clear lines, makes this a standout with thoughtful, sustainable selections. Small details so considered with each element just lifting the next. Clean, simple and considered details lift this response above and beyond. Small on space, big on wow!

Materials for the home are a combination of sustainable timbers, locally made fixtures and natural stone.


Sustainability Considerations

Orientation was carefully considered with maximum northern light penetration achieved without compromising the city views. Although the site has built form on every boundary and no street setbacks the electronic louvres and careful window placement ensures privacy. The structure makes use of recycled brickwork under a crisp, bagged finish to the external walls as well as the use of sustainable timber cladding. An underground 2,100 litre rainwater tank is connected to all toilets for flushing and storm water runoff outflows have been managed by achieving more than 45% reduction in the typical annual load of total nitrogen.




National Building Design of the Year 2022

Vic Building Design of the Year 2022

New House $750,001 to $1m Interior Design

Project Brief

Set on a petite 120sqm block in South Melbourne’s iconic Emerald Hill precinct, this home sits on a site once housed by one of Melbourne’s historic ‘Iron Houses’ built during the gold rush. The design was therefore inspired by the simplicity of the original Iron House and the contemporary iteration of the former home incorporates aspects such as cross bar steel windows with similar shapes and a simple suite of materials including aged iron. The owners wanted a home that reflected the authentic, relaxed and sustainable lifestyle they enjoyed as children growing up in the country. The design reflected the touchstones of a family farmhouse with a wood-burning fireplace and large kitchen featuring Wolf appliances and over six slabs of natural stone. Materials were chosen for their inherent beauty whilst respecting the simplistic nature of the home that once was. Bagged recycled brickwork and sustainable timbers combined with commercial grade, tinted steel windows and ventilation system married function and form in the home to stand the test of time sustainably and structurally. The tri-level, reverse living abode hosts three large scale bedrooms, a full laundry, mudroom and two luxurious bathrooms on the ground floor. The main living area on the first level hosts a wine cellar, wood storage, generous kitchen with butler’s pantry, powder room, living room and balcony with herb garden all with breathtaking vistas across Melbourne’s city skyline. The third level is one of the highlights of this unique inner city family home, with a custom glass hatch that opens to a limestone rooftop patio. The materials used in the home are a combination of iron, oak, marble and timber reflecting an uncomplicated, relaxed lifestyle.




New South Wales Building Design of the Year 2022

Designer: Dustin Leaney, Innerchi Studios

Location: Tallwoods Village Web:

Builder: Waylyn Homes

Energy Assessor: Edwards & Vickerman

Consulting Engineers

Photographer: Jeremy Rogers Photography

The Judges said

What an inspiring place to celebrate life from the cradle to grave, and in between. Light, bright and absolutely beautiful, this innovative design uses glass to harness light and energy from its surroundings, giving joy from all perspectives. When a product is a hero, and it is almost intended not to be seen, it deserves credit and congratulations.


Sustainability Considerations

The passive solar design and insulation minimises heating and cooling of the chapel and the large hydraulic doors and louvres to north and south maximise natural ventilation. Window frames and entry doors were sourced from sustainably certified forests and the recycled pews and pulpit were sourced from other churches. Natural ventilation and mechanical fans provide thermal comfort with air circulation and heating is provided through passive solar and well insulated walls.


Project Brief

The owners of the Tallwoods Village Golf Course wanted to enhance and support the local village community by providing a focal wedding chapel. Oriented on an east west axis the chapel displays a Porte cochere, bell tower, recycled pews and resin glass art by Alexandra Banks. Vertical proportions of glazing, referencing gothic chapels of light, incorporating contemporary construction methods were used to create a simple portal frame design and lightweight construction. Large panel hydraulic doors created seamless transition between interior and exterior on a site situated between two lakes with sweeping views. The timber frame was designed with minimal tolerances from ply templates mirroring the glass art and to transfer wind-loads as well as the weight of the glass into a steel frame connected to the portal.

Shaded in summer and good solar access in winter using passive design.




South Australia Building Design of the Year 2022

Designer: Geoff Alexander, Alexstar Building Designs

Location: Glenelg Web:

Builder: Groth Construct Pty Ltd Energy Assessor: Star Rate Services

Photographer: Nick Dunn Photography

The Judges said

The new work reaches to the sky creating moving light within. The lightwell is incredible. From the front you have no idea of the “wow” factor within. A well-balanced design outcome that will stand the test of time and extends the life of the home for another generation. It is quite magical to take something old and transform it into something new more so when it harmoniously works, an amazing transformation, job well done.

Project Brief

The brief was to open the kitchen space and add a bedroom/study and ensuite to a 1960’s stone and tile dwelling. Geoff Alexander from Alexstar Building Designs followed the client’s clear vision for the home to create a beautiful, functional space with the perfect mix of old and new. The brief included retaining the existing ceilings, yet required changing the roof geometry; floor levels and materials throughout would also need addressing. The overall outcome boasts a modern home with a classic feel.


Sustainability Considerations

Lengthening the north facing roof and changing the lean to section to a hip end, enabled solar panels to be installed on the larger northern roof space, at a pitch that enables good solar exposure. The roof is connected to a rain water tank and the materials used on the exterior of the building were largely recycled stone from other buildings of a similar era that had been demolished.

High efficiency LED lighting has been used throughout the building. The timber windows and doors provide low heat transfer through frames. The owner has integrated the use of both ceiling fans as well as reverse cycle air conditioning and a gas fire to heat and cool the house. The demolition and waste materials were all sent via a waste recycling facility where they were sorted and recycled as appropriate.

The building was re-designed utilising the same building footprint as the original house with a small addition to the east end.




Tasmania Building Design of the Year

Architectural Design Pty Ltd

Location: Claremont


Builder: Sage Homes & Constructions

Energy Assessor: Steven Glynn

Photographer: Jonathan Wherrett

By day the home is light and bright and by night it becomes a moody space where the owners can entertain around the gourmet kitchen, the central heart of the home, using produce from their garden.

The Judges said

Wow…lost for words. What a stunning home. Beautiful work and a house I would like to live in!

Project Brief

Price House is a mix of modern and industrial design with a moody and luxurious feeling. The residents wanted their own piece of Tasmania’s famous MONA to frame the views of the Derwent River and the home gives the effect of floating above the landscape, blending modern materials and textures with low maintenance. The cantilevering concrete floor slab was economically designed, and the home looks pleasing from all angles at all times of day and night. The way the structure changes throughout the day with light and shadow play gives life and movement to the design. Dark internal colours have resulted in showcasing furniture, artwork and custom joinery.


Sustainability Considerations

This sizeable home has a relatively small footprint reducing the amount of excavation and has a star rating of 7.1. Very high levels of insulation, both thermal and acoustic have been used throughout the construction and the latest in condensation control measures. The house has a north easterly aspect to the river, taking advantage of the best views. The concrete floor is durable and helps to keep the house at a constant temperature. Wider external studwork was incorporated to fit higher rated insulation. Window sizes were designed to take advantage of the view but also not allow too much unwanted light and glare. Water tanks collect rainwater, and the home operates on its own wastewater system. Renewable pine framing was used, and cross flow ventilation creates the rare need for air conditioning. Low energy consumption LED lighting and water saving tapware were also used where possible.




New House $1,000,001 - $2M (West Coast)

Residential Rural Design (West Coast) Building Design of The Year (West Coast)


John Damant, Arcologic Design

Location: Margaret River


Builder: Aubade Construction

Energy Assessor: Ecorate WA

Photographer: Matthew Moyes

The Judges said

The entry threshold is centered in the beginning of the ‘wing’ with the private spaces opening up to rear gardens nestled in the surrounding bushland. This project takes rural living to a whole new level. A design that reflects its rural setting, the use of natural materials, opening to the aspect and use of dividing partitions to create privacy. A great technical outcome. Looking from above, inside or outside this design gives pleasure. Well thought out and integrated into its natural environment.




New House $1,000,001 - $2M (West Coast)

Residential Rural Design (West Coast)

Project Brief

The owners procured a forested subdivision to affect a ‘tree change’ for their retirement. They wanted a large home for visiting family and friends with zoned areas so each group could still have their privacy when staying. The building envelope was chosen as a clearing in the trees that could still satisfy BAL requirements, whilst ensuring space to the north for solar passive design. The site had a slope to the north-west which catered for a split-level design, whilst keeping the living areas and main bedroom on the entry level for future accessibility requirements. The home was designed with two off set ‘wings’, separated by the entry and alfresco with each wing meeting the requirements

for zoning. The skillion roof sweeps up to the north, maximising solar gain, giving the impression of a bird about to take flight (hence the moniker “wing house”). The northern aspect is characterised by extensive glazing with views over the garden towards the forest whilst ensuring maximum solar gain in winter. The southern aspect has an ‘embracing wall’ that gives shelter from cold winter winds and adds privacy from the entry. Picture windows were installed to the east and west of the home creating resort style bathrooms that overlook the trees. The home had to be designed to meet BAL 29 requirements requiring minimal tree removal due to the location of the building envelope.

The skillion roof sweeps up to the north to maximise solar gain, which also gives the impression of a bird about to take flight


Sustainability Considerations

The home is designed to solar passive principles to minimise additional heating and cooling requirements. With single depth rooms and large glazed openings to the north, the home can make full use of the winter sun for warming and cooling southerly breezes for summer. Fans in all rooms and a feature slow combustion fire case is all the supplementary heating and cooling required. Photovoltaics provide additional energy requirements for the home while waterwise fittings and a 70,000-litre rainwater tank supplement water conservation. An ATU system provides for greywater re-use.

Extensive glazing ensures maximum solar gain in winter and beautiful views.


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Excellence in the Use of Bricks (East Coast)

New House $300,001-$500k (East Coast)

Designer: Dylan Barber, Dylan Barber Building Design

Location: Manifold Heights


Builder: Tim Gooden

Energy Assessor: EnergyLab

Photographer: Nikole Ramsay

The Judges said

Rising from the ashes and showing us how to use and reuse bricks, blending them with the sharp modern lines of metal cladding. When a product is a hero and it lifts the entire design response and aesthetic, it far exceeds expectations! Functional, crisp and liveable, what more could the client ask for?

A comfortable and intimate design on a modest budget, the skills of the designer and owner come together. Small details, with maximum effect.


Project Brief

The brief was to create a home with an industrial-chic feel that was robust with lots of texture, light and functional spaces whilst honoring the home’s heritage. The layout of the house focused on the existing bungalow and how to provide northerly aspects to the living areas. The kitchen and dining spaces were carefully placed to have a connection to the courtyard and the bluestone bungalow. Cathedral ceilings to the living and dining areas amplify the space, highlight windows to the dining area and frame the existing bluestone bungalow. The brick gable façade is the hero of the home, showcasing the salvaged reclaimed bricks from the former house. The cantilevered brick entry and protruding brick patterns exhibit strength and creativity, whilst the charred timber clad garage provides a nod to the home’s backstory of a housefire. The stunning rear gable pavilion clad with Trimdek wall cladding and roofing delivers a truly industrial look and feel.

Sustainability Considerations

The design allows for natural light and ventilation throughout the home. A central courtyard provides solar access to the living spaces, delivering natural light and warmth, while a timber batten eave over the north-facing glass doors provides some protection during the warmer months. An exposed concrete floor provides a thermal mass for the solar gains throughout the day and the under-slab insulation helps retain heat. Louvered windows at the front entry (north) and rear passage (south), along with centrally located glass sliding doors, deliver effective cross-flow ventilation throughout the home. The use of recycled brick provides durability and low-embodied energy material. Many bricks were salvaged from the existing home and reused to minimise landfill. 6.5k/w solar panels assist powering the hydronic heating with a heat pump (slab and wall panels) throughout the day, while the hot water tank includes a solar evacuated tube system. Rainwater is collected and stored in two 5,000 and 6,000 litre water tanks which are connected to two toilets and the laundry.

The original single story brick home was destroyed by fire with only a bluestone bungalow and jacaranda tree surviving.



New House $300,001 - $500K (West Coast)

Designer: Pernille Stent, designButton

Location: Yallingup


Builder: WestOz Constructions

Energy Assessor: Lisa Enoka

Photographer: Ren Mcgann

The Judges said

A thoughtful integration of white surfaces, brick and timber throughout. 7.8 stars, sustainable and at a minimal build cost. The designer provides an example of a clever, very livable and sustainable home at a modest cost. Utilizing an experienced skillset of proportion, material placement, solid and void - the result - looks great. Light and bright home grounded by good use of rustic and recycled materials and smart design. Proof that luxury is not about how much, but how well.

Project Brief

This little home, nestled between vineyards and natural bushland in Yallingup, is hovering on a sloping block with lovely views. The clients wanted a cost effective, simple abode that was comfortable, captured the views and was filled with natural light. The designer and client decided on a modest, mid-centrury look home which “brought the outside in” through the large alfresco and the expansive northfacing glass that also acts as a heat sink in the winter months, warming the home through passive solar principles. The home is located in a bushfire prone area and is rated BAL29, narrowing the building material selections down to comply with the BAL rating. The area is also located in a local planning policy “Landscape Value Area”, narrowing the colour palette somewhat which resulted in the owners choosing a darker exterior.


Sustainability Considerations

The home is completely off grid with a large rainwater tank and a PV array that feeds the entire property. It is a passive solar home with excellent airflow, minimising internal temperature fluctuations throughout the year. The footprint of the home is built up on a retained concrete pad for horizontal thermal mass whilst the verandahs and alfresco decking are built on stumps to allow airflow. There are two brick blade walls in the home (thermally broken from the outside) that assist with regulating indoor temperature. The concrete pad has recycled materials included as well as fly ash and some of the external cladding is recycled.

A mid-centrury look home which “brings the outside in” through the large alfresco and the expansive north facing glass.




New House $500,001 - $750K (East Coast)

Designer: Luke Jennings, Project Now

Location: Canadian


Builder: Smith and Sons Ballarat

Energy Assessor: Greg O’Beirne Design Pty Ltd

Photographer: Andrew Wilson

The Judges said

Classic use of brickwork and timber cladding make for a simple and yet a beautifully built design. The skills of the designer and owner come together producing an intimate space of recycled and modern materials. Getting the most out of every element is hard, when it works it works, a balanced outcome with maximum effect.

Project Brief

A formative factor of the built form design was the broad northern street frontage capturing the light while providing privacy to the residents, particularly to the alfresco and living zones. Materials and finishes were selected to reflect the region and semi-rural outlook continuing from exterior finishes to the interior for a consistent, warm, homely and rustic feel. Connection to the surrounds and, a carefully considered floor plan, catered for the large family to share comfortable and open zones with generous personal quarters for a more private retreat.

Sustainability Considerations

Rustic textures of timbers and reclaimed brickwork delivered their desired tactile finishes throughout.


Materials and finishes were selected to reflect the semi-rural outlook resulting in a warm, homely and rustic feel.



New House $500,001 - $750K (West Coast)

Designer: John Damant, Arcologic Design

Location: North Perth Web:

Builder: Owner Builder Energy Assessor: Ecorate

Photographer: Kelly Barker

The Judges said

A small build with light filled areas that make the home feel much bigger than it really is. The design indicates the designer has a clear understanding of the local environment and the priorities to achieve a very liveable home. The design allows the occupant to get the best available light, ventilation, aspect, and quality of space from tight parameters. A skillful use of materials. An exercise in sustainability with a small footprint that gives the feeling of a much larger home.

Project Brief

A tight rear strata subdivision heavily overlooked by two storey homes saw the traditional layout reversed by having all living and outdoor entertaining areas upstairs. This brought the home “into the light” to access views over the treed suburbs towards the spire of the local church which was part of the client’s wishlist. It also flooded the home with winter sunshine which penetrates deep into the interior as well as the lower floors via a void with a bespoke feature staircase. Open plan living is focused around a designer kitchen reflecting the owners love of cooking, while sliding glass doors access a roof terrace/garden complete with edible produce and a frangipani tree.

Sustainability Considerations

Designed as a composite home using both traditional materials (brick and concrete for thermal mass) and lightweight materials (EPS) to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions and increase life cycle benefits, this small home is an exemplar of compact living on a small inner city lot. By having the living rooms on the upper floor, the designer was able to capture full use of the winter sun for solar warming and cooling breezes for summer. It also allowed for a productive roof terrace with greenery and edible plants accessible directly from the kitchen area. Solar panels and low - e glazing contribute to a highly sustainable small home which lives larger than its size.

Open plan living is focused around a designer kitchen reflecting the owners love of cooking.




New House $750,001 - $1M (West Coast)

Designer: Kyle Stacey, Stack Design

Location: Cottesloe


Builder: Litehouse Builders

Energy Assessor: Northern Aspect

Energy Consulting

Photographer: Jack Lovel

The Judges said

Mastery in the detail has created a very sophisticated display of architecture. The relationships between the steel, glass, concrete and timber are beautiful in their definition of ground, wall and roof planes. Great use of space whilst still paying homage to the surrounding pitched roof forms of the neighbouring cottages. A fine example of technical skillset utilizing colour, material and special arrangement to provide a high level of living standard for the occupants and connection to the neighbourhood.

Project Brief

The owners wanted to downsize from their sprawling farmhouse to a modest, textured, and functional home that had flexibility and space to accommodate their friends and family. Providing a very clear aesthetic brief for materials, a mix of concrete, timber and black were selected, combined with raw, natural finishes and balanced with the predictable consistency of matt black elements.

Sustainability Considerations

Great care was taken to ensure the home was designed to be as passively comfortable and efficient as possible to achieve a NatHERS rating of 7.4 stars.The project was recently awarded a National Energy Assessors award for the work completed with Northern Aspect Energy consultants.

Raw, natural and often unpredictable finishes were beautifully balanced with matt black elements.



New House $1,000,001 - $2M (East Coast)

Designer: Darrin Albert, Sketch Building Design

Location: Elsternwick


Builder: Sharp Building Innovations

Energy Assessor: Agincourt Energy Raters

Photographer: Dana Belgian Photography

Peak House presents a restrained grey palette of venetian render over solid brick veneer walls.

The Judges said

The simple material palette, and simple “gabled” form respect the charming Elsternwick neighbourhood. Distinctive and well-considered, this home transits from a sharp well-defined standout facade to a well-composed individual space where each person is considered in its form and function

Project Brief

Located in Elsternwick, a charming and vibrant suburb in Melbourne, the inspiration and design for Peak House came from an intrigue with the organic, minimalisation of New Zealand architecture and desire for a robust, yet refined built form and structure. Peak House presents a restrained grey palette of Venetian render over solid brick veneer walls. Highlights of charred timber cladding combined with cool black steel provide a crisp and contrasting accent as well as the playful, recycled red brick pool wall which is a small nod to the surrounding context. The distinct first floor gabled roof stretches the length of the dwelling to create a warm welcome from the street and a well sized double garage to the rear allows for the façade to be the showstopper. Uninterrupted by a garage at the front of the home, the captivating composition responds respectfully by combining traditional materials with simple, contemporary forms. The home sets itself seamlessly into the tree-lined streetscape and the fabric of Elsternwick.

Sustainability Considerations

With a south facing backyard, orientation was carefully considered in this 6.2 star rated home. Maximum northern light penetration was achieved without compromising on large expanses of glazing throughout. First floor west facing windows have fixed, full height aluminium louvres which serve the dual purpose of solar control and overlooking. Brick veneer construction and a crisp, Venetian rendered finish has been used on the ground floor and the first floor sees the same render over Masterwall polystyrene to create a solid, robust, yet refined built form. A lightweight upper story reduces the use of structural steel and provides supreme thermal properties. On the first floor, flat roofed walls are wrapped in sustainable, charred timber cladding and the concrete floor slab has hydronic heating installed over 50mm EPS insulation board. The window and external door frames are commercial grade, powdercoated aluminium with argon gas filled double glazing. Two 2,500 litre underground rainwater tanks are used for toilet flushing and there is an extensive PV solar system with battery storage installed to heat the swimming pool.




New House $1,000,001 - $2M (East Coast)



New House $2,000,001 - $3M (East Coast)

Location: South East Melbourne


Builder: Purity


Energy Assessor: Adrian Smithwick

Photographer: Brett Holmberg

The Judges said

Standing out from the crowd with its bold façade, this home continually captivates as you walk through its well-integrated and vibrant interior, whilst considering environmental concerns and future needs of those that have the pleasure of sharing this space.

Project Brief

The home’s facade was inspired by the National Gallery of Victoria.

The brief was to design a large luxurious house to accommodate a family. A sweeping façade inspired by the National Gallery of Victoria articulated and distracted the view from the street level and concealed a box building behind the property. A lift was installed for mobility, an indoor swimming pool for hydrotherapy and although the rear of the block was north facing, through clever design, natural light was brought into the home to maximise solar gain.

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Sustainability Considerations

The essence of this design was an open plan layout with good solar access. This house was thoughtfully designed for its occupants’ comfort with special requirements. Despite its large footprint and necessary inclusions, this home comfortably reached a 6 star energy rating. Proportion and scale of the high-performance glazing has been integral to the success of the design, and materials used including Autoclaved Aerated Concrete cladding require low maintenance with high thermal properties. A 20,000 litre underground water harvesting tank was installed in the backyard and 8kw PV panels orientated north.



New House $2,000,001 - $3M (West Coast)

Designer: Kim Swinyard, Studio Atelier


Builder: RJC Construction

Energy Assessor: Green Start Consulting

Photographer: Dion Robeson

The Judges said

This design imbues permanence and strength on the landscape. The simple palette of internal colours and textures creates a gallery like feel for living. Classical exterior with a wow factor when you step inside. The residence displays a good understanding of architectural theory of the Roman period (Classic). The aesthetic is very fitting for the local suburb and provides the occupant with a desirable level of a palatial home without the chrome.

Project Brief

The clients were seeking a home tailored to their family which felt generous and restful, luxurious, homely, and respectful to the surrounding context. Spaces in the home flow between one another, and have a calming connection to the gardens, creating harmony between the rooms as well as inside and outside. The exterior design is informed by an understanding of the home’s character architecture paired with a modern re-interpretation of traditional architectural elements.


Sustainability Considerations

With a site that runs on an east west direction, the home is configured to ensure living areas face north and hence capitalize on solar orientation. Openings along the north façade allow the building to receive plenty of natural light throughout the day. Double glazing is used throughout for more optimized solar performance and thermal control inside the home. The colonnade is a prominent and central element, with both practical and meaningful design considerations. It acts as an overhang to optimize the amount of direct sunlight entering the internal living spaces, blocking out the hot summer sun and permitting it to enter the home during winter.



New House Over $3M (East Coast)

Location: Shoreham Web:

Builder: Layton Builders

Energy Assessor: Energy & Sustainability Consulting

Photographer: Tatjana

The Judges said

This design loses itself in the treetops and seems to be at one with nature. It ticks the box for promoting calm and wellbeing. The well-defined roof line of the upper floor gives a distinctive silhouette against the sky and trees, whilst the lower level is grounding with its rammed earth walls and large walls of glass drawing out to a magnificent bush setting. Maintaining restraint whilst pushing every element using well considered interfaces on a large canvas is not easy, but wow, has it worked here!

Project Brief

The project evolved from securing a vacant parcel of land that was within close vicinity of the client’s favorite surf break. Atlas Retreat is a tranquil property in a small local community where the bush meets the sea in a unique haven. The idea behind the design was to accommodate multiple user groups in larger ‘lodge’ style accommodation, whether it be a group of friends or a couple of families. Whilst ensuring larger areas were formed, many secluded and quiet nooks were also included for those seeking privacy and solitude. Separate living and break-out spaces, each with their own identity all worked together as a collective, creating balance, harmony and flow throughout the space. Floor to ceiling glass windows that line both the east and west walls flood the home with fresh air, and offer an uninterrupted view amongst the treetops of Western Port Bay in the distance connecting the external elements and bringing in abundant natural light.

Sustainability Considerations

Renewable energy and solar hot water, thermally improved window and door systems and high-performance double-glazed windows were installed. Operable windows were installed on key alignments to maximise cross ventilation and natural products and finishes were used. Removal of existing vegetation was kept to a minimum and there was no removal of native Australian plants. Introduction of native flora and fauna to the landscaping is enhanced by onsite water retention for re-use. Heavily insulated walls, floor, ceiling and roof layers added to the home’s energy performance including a solar heated swimming pool topped up by recycled water.

Rammed earth walls and large walls of glass draw out to a magnificent bush setting.



Location: Coolbinia


Builder: Lou Day, Owner Builder

Energy Assessor: N/A

Photographer: Peter Ellery

The Judges said

A design that is honest to the existing building and takes the next step in celebrating midcentury design. Project cost vs end result... unbelievable. A remarkable transformation. Great value for money to recycle an existing awesome home for the next generation. Reinvention and reuse shows how well considered design saves carbon in the build and operation. Big things come in small packages; this is sustainable design.

Project Brief

The owner who is an interior designer purchased her home with a view to renovate and give new life to a 1950’s Coolbinia landmark home. The organic and evolving nature of the design process helped ensure the best outcome for the property increasing its lifespan for another 70 years. This renovation is a true testament to sustainable design, retrofitting an existing home with minimal addition of materials and giving life to a great deal of existing concrete and masonry. Had the home been demolished and a new home built, the likely result would be carbon emissions exceeding a few hundred tonnes.

The renovation gives life to a great deal of existing concrete and masonry.

Residential Alterations & Additions up to $350K (West Coast) Designer: Adrian Fratelle, Ecohabit

Sustainability Considerations

Being the family home, the designer was able to analyse and consider the comfort of the existing house. The client and her family had found that they did not use excessive energy to heat or cool the home so upgrading windows or adding additional built shading was not considered a necessity. A solar PV system adds to the efficiency of the building allowing

the family to run an air-conditioner throughout the day powered by solar, cooling masonry and allowing it to absorb heat during the evening stabilizing the homes temperature. Very little was used in the way of materials to transform the home so the net result has been a very low carbon footprint in the reinvention of this building.




Residential Alterations & Additions

$350,001 - $800K (East Coast)

Designer: Darrin Albert, Sketch Building Design

Location: Richmond


Builder: Melbourne Home Builders

Energy Assessor: Agincourt Energy Raters

Photographer: Tess Kelly Photography

Quo-Yung Terrace displays a beautiful, modern interior whilst honoring its original and timeless facade.

The Judges said

What a transformation. A standout winner. I just love this design response, it is so considered and well executed, it just speaks volumes. The original and timeless facade has been honored and enhanced by expanding the interior and, also by its chic and modern design.

Project Brief

Built in the early 1900’s and sitting on a site of only 98sqm the original single-fronted, double story house with two bedrooms and one bathroom was dark and unrenovated. The brief was to extend and add a more useable open plan living space to create an extra bedroom and bathroom for a family of four. An outdoor rooftop terrace with views across Melbourne’s iconic skyline and the MCG was added to compensate for the small south facing courtyard. With a south facing backyard and Heritage overlay, the property has been thoughtfully transformed into an open and light, serene family oasis. The exterior is a simple pitched roof, with rendered brick on the ground floor and white weatherboard cladding on the first floor which have all been used to fit within surrounding context. The façade of the home has been restored to maintain the original Victorian features, and some of which that were previously removed, have been added back such as window mouldings, tessellated port tiles, heritage lighting, wrought iron fretwork and front fence.

Sustainability Considerations

Using the formula calculation method for its energy rating, the original 2.6 star rated home has been increased to 5.1 stars due to carefully considered design. The proposal incorporates a rainwater tank located in an inconspicuous location in the south facing rear courtyard with an effective capacity of 1,200 litres and connected to all toilets for flushing. Utilising hard wearing materials throughout, this original terrace has been enhanced whilst keeping in line with the original part of the Richmond fabric.



Residential Alterations & Additions

$350,001 - $800K (West Coast)

Designer: Janik Dalecki, Dalecki Design

Location: Mount Lawley


Builder: Integrated Constructions

Energy Assessor: Northern Aspect Energy Consultants

Photographer: Dion Robeson

The Judges said

The new work reaches to the sky creating moving light within. The lightwell is incredible. From the front you have no idea of the ‘wow’ factor within. A well-balanced design outcome that will stand the test of time and extend the life of the home for another generation. It is quite magical to take something old and transform it into something new, more so when it harmoniously works, an amazing transformation, job well done.

Two external living spaces at the center of the house create an intermediary area, vehicle for bright entry and engagement across the home.


Project Brief

This alteration and addition to a character home in a leafy, inner suburb of Perth has established a meaningful connection with external living spaces while drawing light and air into the new, open plan living area. Frustrated by the outdated planning of the original house, including a dark and narrow kitchen, dining room and a separate living room, the owners of ‘The Third’ wanted to modernise their home, creating contemporary spaces and introducing natural light and ventilation. The design focussed on correcting the constrained and impractical planning by establishing the front of the house as a private zone and creating a new entertaining/living zone at the rear. A multi-purpose activity room and, two external living spaces at the centre of the house create an intermediary area for engagement and allow light to enter the home.

Sustainability Considerations

Functionality combined with natural light and natural airflow was key requirements in the brief. The design intentionally embraces light and encourages it to enter the home at all times of the day creating a light, and inviting space to occupy. Consideration has been given to the location of windows both at foot level, and ceiling level not only to encourage natural airflow, but to ensure a meaningful connection to exterior zones are present from all spaces within the home.



Residential Alterations & Additions over $800K (East Coast)

Designer: Ari Karsarian, Ari Alexander Design Group

Location: Malvern Web:

Builder: North Building Group Energy Assessor: Graham Energy Photographer: Derek Swalwell

The Judges said

BIG. This is big! Big on design and big on execution. Well done. Honoring the past and enhancing the future of this bold and considered project, deserves high praise. This work deserves credit, it’s easy to start again but it’s hard to transform and transform well.

Project Brief

Originally designed by renowned Australian architect, Peter McIntyre in the 1980s, the home had several key formal and architectural elements that the clients wanted retained and expressed. Occupying just over half of its 880m2 site, the envelope of the original home remains. The expression and celebration of the metal work and the expansive triangular atrium, visible from various rooms becomes a central feature and focal point. The additional support piers for the vastly cantilevered ‘wings’ were positioned over an existing quarry with no bedrock for 12 metres. The existing glass atrium was upgraded to reach 6 star efficiency by using specially designed glazing panels.


Sustainability Considerations

The glass atrium was extensively renovated to accommodate specially designed high performing glazing to reduce heat gain, whilst performing well in winter. Tesla Powerwall systems and solar panels adorn the entire roof of the second floor and the original hydronic under floor heating was upgraded and maximised to run efficiently.



Residential Alterations & Additions over $800K (East Coast)

The expression and celebration of the metal work and the expansive triangular atrium, visible from various rooms is the focal point.



Residential Alterations & Additions over $800K (West Coast)

Location: Gloster Street Web:

Builder: Wandoo Building Energy Assessor: Thermarate

Photographer: Greg Hocking

The Judges said

A beautiful blend of light, large volume spaces and open plan. All neatly hidden behind a modest federation facade. The rear cantilever is staggering. Business at the front and party out the back! A functional design that delivers a large family home with access to light, space and hard-wearing materials. Bringing the past into the future with an eye to the environment. Difficulty lies in re-establishing a space that already exists, and Gloster has achieved a defined and balanced outcome that will be long-lasting.

Project Brief

The brief for Gloster Street was to create a sense of space on the small available footprint so as not to encroach into the backyard. This was achieved by keeping an open courtyard at the end, a double volume glass wall facing onto the courtyard and an uninterrupted kitchen/dining/living area connecting it all. Three metre high ceilings through this area also maximise the volume which is the wow factor you feel as you enter with space, light and size. All the rooms in the house have high ceilings and generous proportions continuing the feeling of space, openness, and light.

Sustainability Considerations

Leveraging old recycled materials for new efficiency points to the future of highly-crafted, sustainable and livable home design. Providing extremely durable and low embodied high impact characteristics, all the old red bricks from the demolition of the previous rear extension were used in the new addition for the courtyard walls, feature walls, steps and the majestic courtyard fireplace. The re-use of all bricks also had the added benefit of minimising landfill.

A double volume glass wall faces onto the courtyard from an uninterrupted kitchen, dining and living space connecting the indoors to outdoors.


Bathroom Design (East Coast)

Interior Design (East Coast)

Designer: Bav Kizilkaya, A1 Design Studio

Location: Ermington Web:

Builder: Owner Builder

Energy Assessor: TWA Design

Photographer: Atelier Photography –Jerome Treize

The Judges said

This is a graceful combination of small format tiles, stone and fitments. The geometry flows well, and the rounded forms of lighting, mirrors and basin stand off a classy canvas from floor to ceiling. A moody, dark, but oh so classy powder room is striking, whilst, in contrast the ensuite and main bathroom are crisp and light filled. You will find me in the ensuite bath with a wine! Dark and light come together in these spaces with well thought out elegant materials. Timeless, sophisticated and a well considered response in very functional spaces.

Project Brief

The clients wanted the interiors of the house to reflect their eclectic style and personality as a couple. The brief was modern contemporary with a lot of ‘wow’ factor across different zones of the home. Working with a dark palette on the ground floor it was important to ensure the spaces did not feel small, dark and enclosed by using large voids to bring a lot of natural light. The design’s inspiration was drawn from Japanese architecture by using juxtaposed concrete with timber, black joinery and brass fixtures creating a home of luxury and minimal elegance. Doors to the pantry and linen cupboard are hidden behind the batten feature wall that wraps around the centre of the home from the entry to the kitchen and, grand skylights make an impact on the bathrooms allowing for the flow of natural light.

Sustainability Considerations

The floor plans were designed to maximise the north east sun at the rear of the house which is the heart of the home. The living room void and strategically placed glazing, brings abundant natural light to the whole home. The entry features a large void which lights the front of the home, with further open voids and large windows to bring in natural light to offset the dark and moody palette. The home is energy efficient and designed to maximise solar access and, the northern orientation of the swimming pool places it in direct sunlight for most of the day rarely requiring heater use.

Inspiration was drawn from Japanese architecture using juxtaposed concrete, timber, black joinery and brass fixtures.




Design (West Coast) Kitchen Design (West Coast)

Designer: Daniel Cassettai, Daniel Cassettai Design

Location: Sorrento Web:

Builder: AJM Constructions

Energy Assessor: Thermarate - Mathew Whitely

Photographer: Peter Ellery

The Judges said

Simple, spacious and clean. This design merges with the abutting spaces seamlessly, continuing the long horizontal forms of the whole project inside and out. This kitchen is so neat and simplistic in its execution that it deserved this accolade. I speak for many when I say, we all love a great functional and yet beautiful kitchen. A skillful execution of interior design, provides a very practical layout for user friendly occupation, contrast for depth, good lighting and comfortably balanced with the rest of the home. A clean and practical design with a wellexecuted classic palette of colour and textures. Simple, timeless, and not too much but just what is needed.


Project Brief

Located less than 400m from the coast, the site presented various opportunities and constraints that guided the design response. The brief was for a design that had a strong visual connection with the ocean, influencing the placement of living areas towards, and along, the south-western side of the home. The home leverages the natural topography of the site to celebrate the stunning views of the nearby coast. Large window openings to the living, dining and kitchen spaces capture the ocean and expansive coastline and reinforce the residents’ connection with the outdoors. The adaptability and connection between these internal spaces and the outdoors provides ample opportunity to entertain large groups. The introduction of stone cladding into the home, dark timber paneling and standing seam cladding allow the residents to enjoy a variety of textures both inside and outside. Thermal comfort complements these visual amenities by incorporating sustainable design initiatives. The careful zoning and separation of active and passive zones enhance the liveability of the spaces by ensuring acoustic privacy is achieved.

WINNER Bathroom Design (West Coast) Kitchen Design (West Coast)

Sustainability Considerations

The design balances the building’s contribution towards both resident and community amenity. Internally, the home provides copious amounts of soft, natural light to filter in, creating playful shadows throughout various times of the day. Large openings, including louvres, allow fresh coastal air to ventilate through the home with the subtle scents of sea spray. Conscious of the building’s environmental footprint, the house uses renewable technologies such as a solar hot water system, electricity generation and pool heating. Solar passive design strategies, such as crossflow ventilation through the home and building fabric insulation, seek to minimise its dependency on energy consumption. Bedroom windows to the west are protected by canopy awnings, whilst the alfresco living area with a turned down roof form affords protection.



Excellence in the use of Lightweight Materials (East Coast)

Dual Occupancy (East Coast)

Designer: Marc Bernstein-Hussman, Melbourne

Design Studios

Location: Ashburton


Builder: Spirito Construction

Energy Assessor: Melbourne Design Studios

Photographer: Michael Gazzola

The Judges said

The rendered wood fibre cladding and other lightweight claddings used, allow this dual occupancy to nestle into the existing character of the neighbourhood. Timber is the heroine of this design, well researched and specified. A well-thought-out model for future building. Often referred to as the cost-effective alternative, it lifts the quality and heightens the viewing experience. Two homes with ‘hats’ stand side by side on the streetscape - each with a sense of place. A thoughtful integration of landscape, entry threshold and sophisticated detailing in the living spaces. Although it is a very “high end” design, it is in no way pretentious. A strong commitment to the design process gives a more sustainable outcome for the client and environment.

Designed to passive house standards, these homes bring the northern sun into the living spaces and play with sunsets in their facades.


WINNER Excellence in the use of Lightweight Materials (East coast)

Dual Occupancy (East coast)

Project Brief

The brief was for two very large homes to suit the local market and work within the streetscape. Designed to passive house standards, these homes bring the northern sun into the living spaces and play with sunsets in their facades. Despite their generous sizing, the dwellings are light and bright throughout, minimising use of artificial lighting, and creating a beautiful, homely feel. These two houses provide resort-style luxury living, bright spaces, and a connection with nature through an energy efficient and sustainable design. The main structure is made from traditional timber lightweight construction with Woodfibre insulation to perform well in summer. Standing seam, Alucobond and timber lightweight cladding systems catch the northern sun with integrated planters for biophilic links to nature from the inside to the outside. A significant pre-existing tree was retained by designing the rear of the western dwelling around it.

Sustainability Considerations

Wood is the predominant construction material in this development from the timber lightweight structure, finishes on floors, walls and joinery. The houses face north and are predominantly electric, run by 15kW solar panels with gas used only for cooking. Heating, cooling and hot water are provided by heat pump technology and the gardens are primarily native plants. Two water tanks help with drought-resistance and biophilic design encompasses built-in planters and green roofs over the basement. The potential risk of condensation and mould has been minised by the breathable hygrothermal properties allowing moisture to pass through. The homes are predominantly clad with Bestwood ETICS, a render-on-woodfibre-insulation façade system.



Environmentally Sustainable Design (East Coast)

Designer: Ashley Beaumont, Beaumont Building Design

Location: Cape Paterson Web:

Builder: TS Constructions

Energy Assessor: Phillip Island Energy Rating

Photographer: Andrew Harrison Photography

The Judges said

There are lessons to be learned from this low carbon high performing practical home. A light touch, as it sits in the landscape harnessing passive attributes, it’s enough and not too much. High energy efficiency, affordable budget and a low carbon footprint. This is an ESD exemplar for us all to learn from. Well done! Family sized home, 8.4 stars. Nothing more to say. Nailed it!

Project Brief

Moonshadow 2 aims to change the way we think about affordable sustainable housing. Specifically designed for the Australian climate, the stylish, low maintenance and compact three-bedroom design can be adapted for energy ratings from 6 to 10-star to suit a range of budgets. The brief was to deliver a home that was environmentally sustainable in its entirety, not only for running costs but to be considerate of the impact it had on the environment through material selection and construction methods. The result is a home that has very little impact on the environment and costs only $2 a day to run. The home’s lateral design and streamlined layout create maximum and efficient use of space. Internally the home is functionally efficient allowing zoning of areas to provide privacy, avoid noise disturbance and facilitate thermal control. The central positioning of the kitchen, dining and living areas combined into an open plan living area ensures there is no ‘wasted space’ in the most used area of the house.

Sustainably sourced Radial timber Silvertop Ash battens clad the northern exterior.

Sustainability Considerations

Moonshadow 2 uses plantation timber from sustainable sources and Earth Wool from recycled glass. Sustainably sourced Radial timber Silvertop Ash battens clad the northern exterior, whilst Colorbond Enseam dons the east, west and south elevations. Boral Enviro plasterboard, Dowell Thermaline windows, Greenfirst by Laminex and a low VOC finish using Haymes Paint were also used. A 5.28kw grid connected photovoltaic system supplies power and sends the surplus to the electricity grid. A Sanden Eco Pump hot water system caters to the needs of the home with a small footprint. A green switch isolator shuts down power within the house on exit to everything except the fridge, smoke detectors and sensor lights. An electric vehicle charge point is located in the garage and a 10,000-litre water tank supplies necessary water for the toilet, dishwasher and washing machine. WELS rated water efficient showers, toilets and taps reduces indoor water usage and the low maintenance landscape garden featuring indigenous plants requiring minimal maintenance and water consumption create a wildlife corridor for native fauna.



Environmentally Sustainable Design

The central positioning of the kitchen, dining and living areas combined into an open plan living area ensures that there is no ‘wasted space’ in the most used area of the house.



Residential Heritage Design (East Coast)

Designer: Peter Jackson, Peter Jackson Design Pty Ltd

Location: Malvern East


Builder: Russell Cormack Developments Pty Ltd

Energy Assessor: Adrian Smithwick

Photographer: Brett Holmberg

The Judges said

The marriage of heritage to modern is a credit to the designer. Sensitive and thoughtful, this design cares for the past and brings a contemporary, refined future to the home. Creating history is hard, maintaining it, adding to it, and lifting it, is next level, and here is a display of respect, maturity in design response, and utmost consideration.

Project Brief

The brief was to design a modern, two-storey extension to a heritage house with additional swimming pool, double garage and outdoor entertaining space that crated a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors. The ground floor layout incorporated a master suite in the existing home with ample wardrobe space and a bathroom, whilst retaining and restoring two original reception rooms to the north. The addition incorporated family living spaces including a kitchen, meals area, butler’s pantry, laundry, powder-room, linen storage and a garage. The first floor included two bedrooms, bathrooms, a large multi-use room within the existing roof and a study. Many of the original heritage house features influenced material and colour selections and the external render complements the light coloured brick ‘banding’ on the original house. Dark metal wall and roof claddings finished in Colorbond ‘Monument’ were selected to blend and pair with the original black slate roof tiles.

Sustainability Considerations

Additional family areas have been oriented towards a north easterly aspect with floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings contributing to the abundance of natural light and connection to the outdoors. Winter sun penetrates the family living spaces and heats up the exposed concrete floors to help keep the house solar passively warm. The outdoor living area is close to the swimming pool and seamlessly flows from inside the home through stacking sliding doors with zero threshold. A 2500 litre rainwater tank services toilet flushing and garden watering and buffer strips intercept runoff using permanent vegetation. A large photovoltaic solar panel array is hidden from view and the exterior finishes of render, steel and glass ensure minimal to no future maintenance. The main structural materials of concrete slab on ground, clay brick, steel, glass and polystyrene are all low in embodied energy and create a highly insulated and thermally efficient envelope.



WINNER Interior Design (West Coast)


Home 150sqm (West Coast)



Builder: Milllbrook Construction WA


Energy Assessor: Specialised Building Solutions

Photographer: Rachel Claire

The Judges said

What a great result for a small building that moves seamlessly from the inside to the outside. The interiors are soft, warm and thoughtful. Windows frame the landscape to interior connections and the moment in between is captured by sophisticated detailing. A rustic and earthy palette make this building feel welcoming and snug. Not a “shed” at all. Workmanship needs commendation too for its execution. A very clever use of simple materials and colours to provide an interior that is surprising and sophisticated for such a modest building and budget. The designer exercised a high level of skill to create the outcome. A Tardis in the bush where you can forget about time and absorb nature. Bringing the outside in, balanced, and restrained, an interior that allows you to absorb yourself in the environment without you even knowing.

Designer: Kim Swinyard, Studio Atelier Shadforth Design: Studio Atelier


Project Brief

Stillwood Retreat is a boutique couple’s retreat that cultivates good design, promotes rest and inspires creativity. It had been a long held dream of the designer to open a boutique accommodation where they could be both the client and designer. Having an opportunity to explore an aesthetic and direction true to their ethos and practice, the designer enjoys sharing the immersive experience with those vistors who stay.

Sustainability Considerations

With the shed already existing on the property the designer wanted to preserve as much of the structure as possible (keeping costs down but also to be environmentally sustainable by re-using what was originally there which included the concrete slab, parts of the walling and sheeting). This allowed the repurposing of the materials which had a positive impact on the overall embodied energy of the project, and revitalized existing resources. Strongly believing in supporting local Australian made, environmental initiatives and supporting local business, Stillwood Retreat offers teas from Margaret River, compostable coffee pods, locally roasted coffee, biodegradable toilet paper and kitchen supplies as well as eco and earth friendly cleaning products.

WINNER Interior Design (West Coast)
Small Home 150sqm (West Coast)

WINNER Kitchen Design (East Coast)

Designer: Shae Parker

Green Sheep Collective

Location: Pascoe Vale


Builder: James McBride and Associates

Energy Assessor: N/A

Photographer: Emma Cross Photographer

The Judges said

Retro, functional with some fun detailing. Why can’t life be this simple again? This retrofit transforms the lives of its occupants with imaginative design, saving tons of carbon and supplying tons of fun. A display of a controlled palette with a juxtaposition that works.

Project Brief

Using bold lines and playful geometry work in tandem with the charm of the existing house to create a beautiful healthy home, that is as endearing as it is enduring. The brief was to bring together a disjointed house spread across multiple stories with detached rooms and an awkward circulation path to one, with upgraded storage, strengthened connections to the outdoors and a new carport under a balcony. The built extension consisted of a single 4m2 link to improve efficiency layout, comfort and performance of the existing house and services. The living spaces were opened up and floor levels rationalised to provide better spatial relationships and high performing, double glazed windows were installed to help counteract heat transfer. The interior design worked with the original aesthetics and the expansive living room cabinetry subtly divided the spaces. A welcoming, open plan kitchen is lit by the afternoon sun and displays strong cabinetry articulation connected with the living, dining and outdoor spaces. The triangulated carport and balcony structure is an iconic feature of the exterior overlooking the garden and city beyond.

50/50s HOUSE

Sustainability Considerations

Significant focus on working within the existing envelope reduced carbon emissions whilst paying homage to the original 1950’s design. Only 4m2 was added to the existing footprint, and by enclosing it in one envelope, heat loss was reduced. Minimal new materials were used and dilapidated finishes were recycled where possible. Dilapidated windows were replaced with high quality, low-emission coated, argon gas filled double glazed windows. The balcony was designed to grow deciduous vines for shading in summer and allows the winter sun to shine through. The inclusion of rainwater tanks and a maximised garden area contribute to the area’s biodiversity.



Multi-Residential up to $6M (East Coast)

Designer: Darrin Albert, Sketch Building Design

Location: Elsternwick Web:

Builder: Dash Construction Solutions

Energy Assessor: Agincourt Energy Raters

Photographer: Dana Beligan Photography

The Judges said

A problem site that provided the canvas for a notable design that is 146 Orrong. Carefully considering the site and its future occupants, this design gives separation to each dwelling, whilst allowing a beautifully connected interior and exterior private space. So considered, balanced and a respectful use of materials that enhance the living experience, is all on display.

Project Brief

The brief was to create a carefully considered, socially respectful, multi-residential development of four homes offering elegant simplicity. All homes have north facing courtyards and garages are accessed from a side street reserving the main road frontage for the showstopping façade of the front residence. Ensuring living standards usually found in larger homes were maintained, the four residences feature combinations of 3 to 4 bedrooms and all with studies. There was no compromise on features including high ceilings with floor to ceiling glazing, gourmet kitchens with butlers’ pantries, mud rooms, full-sized laundries and ample storage across all residences. The outside has been designed with low maintenance, fully integrated indoor/outdoor spaces creating an uncompromised home for real lifestyles.

Sustainability Considerations

The development’s orientation has been carefully considered with all homes having north facing private open spaces. The remotecontrolled louvres create supreme solar control for large expanses of west facing glass. External walls are predominantly constructed using Hebel, an Australian, environmentally friendly, strong, versatile, high-performance building product that treads lightly on the planet. Fixed to the timber frame, the Hebel system is non-combustible due to its anti-corrosion steel reinforcement and provides great acoustic performance, reducing noise from traffic. Each home has extensive solar panels with battery storage and a 2,000 litre rainwater tank discretely installed under the rear entertaining decks is used for toilet flushing.



Multi-Residential over $6M (East Coast)

Designer: Janusz Kowal, CK Architecture

Location: Caulfield North Web:

Builder: Balmain & Co

Energy Assessor: Sustainable Development Consultants

Photographer: DLX Photography

Project Brief

The brief called for an architectural solution that complemented the character and street presence of Caulfied North, by delivering individual and luxurious various sized townhouses and apartments. Appointing a north facing courtyard to allow for natural light gave the apartments the necessary amenity to meet quality standards. Olea consists of two levels of secured basement parking, seven townhouses, fifty-five two and, three-bedroom apartments and a lavish penthouse all set around a pivotal courtyard. Recessed breaks in cabinetry were incorporated to create vertical shadow lines accented with a rose gold or satin chrome finish. Wrap around shelving on kitchen rangehoods were treated and brick frontages to the townhouses were in keeping with the area’s character. Mixed materials were applied to create a visually interesting façade and the render interacts seamlessly with the brick tiles and aluminium panels to provide the exterior of Olea Residences a sense of depth and tonal balance.

Sustainability Considerations

The orientation of Olea is north facing and the U-shape design allows for more apartments to access natural light and to enjoy views of the courtyard. Mental health and wellbeing factored strongly into the design of the central courtyard which creates a sense of privacy, providing a peaceful green outlook. It encourages community life to be enjoyed in tranquility basking in a northern aspect, complementing an inviting landscape design consisting of low maintenance native plant varieties, deciduous trees and an eco-friendly irrigation system. Materials were specified for longevity and low maintenance, including rainwater treatment and storage. Steps were taken to reduce the environmental impact during construction, with an average 7.3 star energy rating. There is superior performance of the building’s thermal envelope as well as reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

The Judges said

Who wouldn’t want to live in one of Olea’s boutique apartments? Stunning. This design maximises the use of the site with its clean bold facade making a statement to all that pass. Balancing scale to create individual elements that stand out, allowing the occupants to enjoy their own space, job nicely done.

Consisting of two levels of secured basement parking, seven luxury townhouses and a lavish penthouse, Olea surrounds a pivotal courtyard.





Residential Unbuilt Design (East Coast)

Location: N/A


Builder: N/A

Energy Assessor: Melbourne Design Studio

Photographer: Porter Digital (3D imagery)

The Judges said

A very detailed feasibility design for sustainable, accessible and affordable housing for the future. Brave and organic, caring for the residents and the environment, this is a model we can all learn from.

Project Brief

This project investigated a better way to create accessible, sustainable and affordable housing in the future by developing an apartment model that allowed for flexibility in its configuration. The building opens to the street inviting residents and visitors to pass seamlessly into the courtyard connecting residents to each other, the city and community. The spiral massing of gently rising ramps interconnecting each level through a series of terraced upward winding sequence of courtyards removes the need for lift infrastructure. Naturally ventilated apartments orientated for solar access, clustered around a passively cooled courtyard and covered with solar arrays speak of energy and renewable resources. Kitchens overlooking the play space, private bedrooms and bike parking equally suit shared and family households. The use of mass timber (CLT), rammed earth and non-toxic finishes invite questions about materials and construction. The composting area feeding the edible gardens and integration of rainwater collection, grey water recycling and reuse of rainwater for evaporative cooling counteract this arid continent.


Sustainability Considerations

CLT wraps the exterior in a lighweight, airtight insulated blanket and glazed areas are kept to 30% of the façade to minimise unwanted heat gain and loss. A central heat pump is used for winter heating and the rooftop provides a 30kW solar photovoltaic system and individual solar hot water systems. Living areas and private spaces are oriented north and apartments are 100% cross-ventilated. EV charging points powered by solar PV systems are located in each parking space along with bicycle parking. Water is collected, treated and reused and concrete pipe stores 78,500 litres of rainwater for evaporative mist cooling, washing machines and toilet flushing. Greywater is treated and aerated for garden irrigation and plants consist of resilient, low maintenance trees, shrubs and herbs with a composting area in the backyard. CLT and rammed earth are renewable, carbon neutral and complemented by non-toxic finishes.




Designer: John Damant, Arcologic Design

Location: Shoalwater


Builder: N/A

Energy Assessor: N/A

Photographer: N/A

The Judges said

A building that stands in the long view with a strong consideration for wind and shade. The interior spaces, as a result, become intimate private retreats. Coastal, beachy, chilled, many more adjectives can I add? Loved it. When can I move in? A mature design outcome, demonstrating an understanding of articulation, materials, light, shade and the available aspects. Designed to blend in and stand out, this indoor-outdoor home will give lasting pleasure to all that visit.

Project Brief

A once in a lifetime site with 180 degree views over the Shoalwater Marine Park provided the canvas for this unique design. The clients, avid kitesurfers, wanted a beach house that would feel like it belonged to its natural environment and maximised the incredible ocean views from the site. A home that could feel comfortable for just two, while also hosting large family gatherings and kite surfing companions.

Sustainability Considerations

Being opposite a world class marine park, the house attempts to step lightly on the earth with a palette of natural and recycled elements including timber cladding, recycled timber beams and posts, and recycled bagwashed bricks. Other materials are chosen to minimise maintenance such as burnished concrete floors and UPVC double glazed windows. The home is designed to solar passive principles and to capture the abundant cooling breezes from the ocean. Solar panels linked to a Tesla battery will supply a large proportion of the home’s energy needs, while rainwater storage and greywater reuse is also planned.

Residential Unbuilt Design (West Coast)



Residential Rural Design (East Coast)

Excellence in the use of Timber (East Coast)

Designer: Darrin Albert, Sketch Building Design

Location: East Albury


Builder: Berg Design

Energy Assessor: Agincourt Energy Raters

Photographer: Captured Space – Chad Muller

The Judges said

Who doesn’t love the vertical lines of the Shou Sugi Ban charred timber cladding? Such beautiful form. The natural charred timber cladding normally associated with our fiery bush gives distinction to this indoor/ outdoor home. To bring warmth, aesthetics and beautifully framed elements connecting with hard surfaces, we see here, a balanced outcome that shows timber is good when considered. The design appears to rise from the ground. The natural tonings blend in with the beautiful landscape that surrounds the Murray view. Blending into the contour of the land with a fusion of indoor and outdoor spaces you are always connected to nature. Becoming one with the landscape, and to simply sit and engage with the surrounds, is what I love about this design response.

Project Brief

The brief was to create a spacious, private family sanctuary which allowed all areas of the home to be used and to capture views to the south whilst maintaining access and views to the north. Murray View was inspired by the minimalist gable form often seen throughout rural parts of New Zealand, situated on over 1.24 hectares of rolling landscape. The main focus was to capture views to the south whilst maintaining access and views to the north. The infinity pool was designed as a central focus with sustainability aspects including solar panels with battery storage. The site’s natural contours see approximately 3.5 meters of fall across the building area to situate the split-level home and garage to the west on the lower side of the block minimising site works. The main residence appears almost as if it’s floating, adding an air of mystery and intrigue as it sits raised overlooking the natural surrounds.




Residential Rural Design (East Coast) Excellence in the use of Timber (East Coast)

Sustainability Considerations

The design response incorporates all principles of effective solar passive design and crossventilation and thermal mass. Orientation was carefully considered in this energy efficient home and all living zones enjoy northern light without compromising on country views.

Concrete floor slabs were installed over XPS 30mm insulation board and to the vertical edge of the footings. Air-cell thermo reflective liner is placed beneath roof sheets with R6.0 insulation batts to ceilings and R2.5 insulation batts to all external walls. Acoustic insulation has been used on wet area internal walls, the master bedroom and a vaulted ceiling in the living room.

Hydronic in-floor heating is installed throughout the home and two heat pump systems are used for hot water and swimming pool heating.

Two 5000 litre rainwater tanks are discretely installed and used for toilet flushing, laundry facilities and external taps.



Small Home under 150sqm (East Coast)

Designer: Jess Cuman, Adapt Design Group

Location: Cape Paterson


Builder: Holt Construction Group

Energy Assessor: Jess Cuman

Photographer: Chelsea Watson

The Judges said

Small in budget and size, large on livability and sustainability. Controlled, complete and considered, you certainly don’t go without, and really, do we need much more? Seastar proves we don’t need McMansions or space that we don’t use.

Project Brief

Located in Australia’s most sustainable housing development The Cape, Seastar was designed around a compact floor plan with the aim of enhanced connection to nature and community. Inspiration for the project was drawn from Australian vernacular architecture and it was designed for its local environment. The design used local resources and construction techniques and took the climate and environment into consideration for greater energy efficiency and sustainability. With a modest block size of 378m2 Seastar sits comfortably in its surroundings and with its considered room placement and the inclusion of an internal lightwell ensures natural light filled spaces for its owners.

An internal lightwell ensures natural light filled spaces.


Sustainability Considerations

Using Australian vernacular architecture, Seascape was designed for The Cape’s climate and environment by using local resources and construction techniques for greater energy efficiency and sustainability.



Small Works Project (West Coast)

Designer: Emily Rousseau, Seau Studio

Location: Mosman Park


Builder: Camstruct Design and Build Energy Assessor: N/A

Photographer: Denise Rix

The Judges said

Art and Craft. What a beautiful play between rendered form, steel work and fanned small format paving. Classic art deco reimagined. To the untrained eye, this facade renovation would appear that it has been there since the 1920’s. A well-defined scope of work allows the art deco insertion to appear as a whole building. Very well detailed that indicates a high level of research. From nondescript to chic, this home goes from un-noticeable to a head turner as you walk past.

Project Brief

The average front facade was transformed into an art deco style whilst still respecting the interior and exterior.

The designer was engaged to create a stronger street presence for the existing house and to translate the clients love of art deco architecture. As the house did not hold any art deco architectural characteristics and had no street presence, one of the big challenges faced on this project was transforming an average looking existing front facade into an ‘art deco’ style house without disrespecting the exterior and interior which was to remain un-renovated. It was important to ensure the house continued to sit comfortably within its surrounding site context, the suburb’s architectural identity and history, and the neighbouring houses.





Commercial Unbuilt Design (East Coast)

Designer: Ben Drysdale, Ben & Ben

Location: Watsonia


Builder: N/A

Energy Assessor: Frater Consulting Services

Photographer: N/A

The Judges said

Who would think there are seven commercial tenancies hidden behind the soft front elevation to calm light filled interiors. The designer squeezed the last drop out of this commercial site to give the client more than they probably expected. A glimpse into the future workspace that is the new office benchmark.

Project Brief

The client brief required seven commercial tenancies that broke the mould of the area’s standard commercial buildings, by providing good amenity, and appealing design. Ground level was of high importance in proposing an approachable design to contribute to the streetscape in an appealing way. Frontage to a busy road, an east only aspect, and parking limitations were addressed by insetting the main form three metres from the footpath including screen detail in breezeblock, paired with a landscaping buffer. The screen creates view line separation from the activity through its partial screening technique to the full glazing and Juliette balconies, whilst its offset from the main form allows light and ventilation. The screen defines the entry of each tenancy by creating a threshold and a sense of address via entry court which is used for bicycle parking and a breakout space for occupants.


Sustainability Considerations

Proposing well lit spaces through east facing glazing and well sized, openable landscaped light courts changed the direction of a typical commercial tenancy. Juliette balconies and entry court provides natural ventilation, reduced artificial lighting and mechanical ventilation to provide fresh air to occupants, enhancing

a sense of wellbeing and productivity. The proposal reduced cut, fill and removal of site soil and avoided copious amounts of concrete through a split-level floor plate to the slope of the land. The scale of the project enabled substantial onsite water storage and the expansive roof allowed for solar harvesting.



Commercial Unbuilt Design (West Coast)



Miceski, Another Dimension Building Design

Location: Glenelg South Web:

Builder: Partek Construction & Interiors

Energy Assessor: Living Building Solutions

Photographer: Another Dimension Building Design (3D Renders)

The Judges said

A functional open showroom space softened by a rhythm of smaller humanised interiors. These ‘compartments’ are thoughtfully marked by colorful floor coverings, pendants, displays, furniture and, of course - BMW. A classy design that is in keeping with the BMW/Mini brand and yet has hints of individuality. I feel when built, this will be a functional and comfortable building to work in. The design showcases the motor vehicle. While working with a rigid dealership formula, the site arrangement works well and the 2 facade designs merge effortlessly.

Project Brief

BMW Australia had a vision to take their design image beyond the typical white showrooms we currently see. The subject site presented some constraints around the existing building arrangement, site topography, and poor site drainage. The existing site was very disjointed and it was unclear where an obvious entry point should be. The idea was to create a sense of destination for the customers, showcasing the premium brand on their arrival. The implementation of the entrance forecourt was a solution to many issues; it provided the much needed entry point, assisted with vehicle queuing off Brighton Road and also gave patrons the feeling of arriving at a boutique hotel with full concierge service.


Sustainability Considerations

Proposing well lit spaces through east facing glazing and well sized, openable landscaped light courts changed the direction of a typical commercial tenancy. Juliette balconies and an entry court provides natural ventilation, reduced artificial lighting and mechanical ventilation to provide fresh air to occupants, enhancing a sense of wellbeing and productivity. The proposal reduced cut, fill and removal of site soil and avoided copious amounts of concrete through a split-level floor plate to the slope of the land.



New commercial up to $2m (East Coast)

Excellence in the use of Steel (East Coast)

Designer: Lindsay Douglas of Dig Design

Location: Dimboola


Builder: Onley Holdings Pty Ltd

Energy Assessor: NJM Design Pty Ltd

Photographer: Damien Kook

The Judges said

Classic meets....awesome! Big spans and overhangs that clearly needed some steel intervention. Who wouldn’t want to sit and read in this library? Great use of steel in the inverted truss and framing of this striking and practical design. Whether exposed, concealed or both, understanding the material’s ability is what enables the creation of great design responses and problem solving. An inviting building which can be used for gatherings, meetings, exhibitions and losing yourself in a good book. A transitional design that draws you in, to learn and gather, inside and out. What an amazing space to dwell and interact with the surrounds, a benefit for each occupant.

Linking the old Shire Hall to the new library was intentionally modern in form, with a juxtaposition of styles allowing the refurbished hall to retain its standalone importance


Project Brief

The original hall was run down and used as the town library and whilst the area to the rear of the hall overlooked Nine Creeks Reserve and the Wimmera River, it had no connection. The old Shire Hall is of historical significance to the township of Dimboola and as such, it was important that the restoration was undertaken with sensitivity and care. Linking the old Shire Hall to the new library was intentionally modern in form, with this juxtaposition of styles allowed the refurbished hall to retain its standalone importance whilst marking the library as a new facility and drawcard for the community.

The space includes a gallery, visitor information centre and can be used for meetings.Landscaping drew the connection of the site to the Nine Creeks Reserve and Wimmera River with external meeting areas and pathways to the reserve. The rear of the library opens to a raised deck with shade sails to create an outdoor sunny space for the township to enjoy reading. The link between the Old Shire Hall and new library connects both buildings creating a transition point between old and new, yet they can be used independently.

Sustainability Considerations

As rural communities seek to evolve and change focus from farming to tourism opportunities, civic spaces are increasingly important. The Dimboola Community Civic Hub, centered around the new library, provides a connection to the natural beauty of the area for locals and visitors, as well as significant infrastructure and facilities.

The space is now used as a gallery, visitor information centre and for meetings.





New Commercial over $2M (East Coast)

Location: Leongatha


Builder: Searle Bros Building Contractors

Energy Assessor: ECM Group Pty Ltd

Photographer: Casamento Photography

The Judges said

What an inspiring learning space. The flow from internal to external learning environments is the future of education areas. What a fun and individual place to learn, an environment that would inspire teacher and student alike. Creating spaces that promote learning and engagement through design and material selection has been so thoughtfully done.

Project Brief

Made up of a mix of social and learning spaces, the building’s design is an exemplar of contemporary pedagogy for senior students transitioning to tertiary education. Made up of flexible spaces, colourful and angular treatments to surfaces, pinnable and writable walls, bespoke furniture and cabinetry, as well as indoor and outdoor learning environments, all encourage students to work independently or with each other. Externally, the building is bright, contemporary and a welcomed addition to the predominantly redbrick built environment of the existing campus. The pitched roof with slatted steel columns in a variety of colours and the triangulate form is reflected throughout by the lighting and extensive glazing, large up-and-over doors and oversized operable internal and external glazed walls, including an interior atrium allowing the building to be light, bright and welcoming. The form works embrace the landscaped heart of the campus and the Catholic ethos of the school is embedded throughout.

Designer: Alan Cubbon, Crosier Scott Architects

Sustainability Considerations

The design considered orientation maximise all available opportunities for solar control whilst connecting the learning space with a courtyard. All excavated material was reused to create new landscaped elements while avoiding the unnecessary removal of soil. High level louvres provide additional light and allow for any internal hot air build up to escape via passive stack effect ventilation. Carpet tiles made from recycled plastic bottles were locally sourced and brickwork was used as the primary external material due to its robust and durable nature as well as its thermal and sustainable properties. Recyclable Autex pin board assisted with sound absorption, extensive solar panels on the roof provide 21kW of electricity and rainwater is directed to an onsite dam to irrigate the sports oval during summer.



New Commercial over $2M (West Coast)

Designer: David Turcato, Motivo Studio

Location: Gap Ridge Web:

Builder: Emirge - Robert Dye

Energy Assessor: Cundall - Mathuran Marianayagam

Photographer: Archer Imagery - Nathan Archer

The Judges said

A dominant statement on the landscape with clear divisions in the dealership. The interior spaces are smartly broken up by smaller/ lower inserts centered with furniture, colour, and fitments. A classic dealership design done extremely well. The design indicates the designer can balance articulation, depth of facade, site layout and function, and cyclone ratings to provide the developer with a quality outcome. A great use of colour to define spaces giving form, function, and vibrancy to this large open space.

Project Brief

The client’s brief was to create the flagship multi-brand car dealership of the North West. Being a multi-brand car dealership, also with a 4wd parts and accessories department one of the main challenges was to tie-in each brand’s brief whilst creating cohesive facades as well as external and internal spaces. The minor dealerships have been designed to be interchangeable which provides the client a lot of flexibility in brands.

The design indicates the designer can balance articulation, depth of facade, site layout and functione.

Sustainability Considerations

The building is orientated east-west and has large roof overhangs on the northern and eastern facades providing shading. A large 350kw solar array roof mounted provides all the energy needs for daytime running with provisions for future battery storage for low sun and night time energy requirements. Internally, Mosswall panels have been installed. Mosswall absorbs toxins from the air, promoting health and the calm and relaxed atmosphere of a quiet green field can be experienced.




People’s Choice (East Coast)

Designer: Sash Miceski, Another Dimension Building Design

Location: South Geelong Web:

Builder: Another Dimension Building Design (Project Managers)

Energy Assessor: N/A

Photographer: Image to Brand & Another Dimension Building Design

The Judges said

Clear delineation between new and old with the heritage standing forward. What a great result. Wow! An amazing transformation. Well-deserved award. The design indicates the designer had a clear understanding of heritage detail by preserving the past and providing a new future in a landmark position.

Project Brief

The project brief was to create a design studio within a heritage church unique in its design but also functionable for client meetings, workspaces, reception, kitchen, café and recreational areas. Inspired by Glenn Murcutt’s approach of ‘touching the earth lightly’ the design had very little impact on the existing heritage shell of the church. New additions that formed the studio spaces were dark and moody and anything ‘touching the church lightly’ was white, to become part of the existing building. The use of axis and symmetry commonly found in heritage churches was incorporated through the layout, following from the existing altar and the soft timber flooring and painted trusses connect the old and new. A revitalised, empty heritage shell now brings together ideas, creativity and life as a design studio.


Sustainability Considerations

The small shell of the church with its modest footprint has been enhanced and revitalised to cater for a design studio. The use of the existing altar space is used as a service hub, housing additional storage with kitchenette area and café style seating in conjunction with a printing and IT station. From the outside, the church is untouched and respects the existing heritage and neighborhood character that has been known to locals for such a long time until, you open those church doors to see a flowing, contemporary workspace. The new fitout caused very little use of materials and excess waste, with maximum impact and some components even being recycled and adapted.





Non-Residential Heritage (West Coast)

Designer: Alex Willis, Willis Design Group

Location: South Fremantle


Builder: Urbane Projects

Energy Assessor: THERMARATE

Photographer: Urbane Projects -RM Vision Photography

The Judges said

Preserving the past and providing a new future in a landmark position. Congratulations on saving a piece of history. Creating history is hard, maintaining it is even harder, the project has delivered not only for the owner but to all those that get to enjoy it, today, tomorrow, and beyond.

Project Brief

A family inheritance and former shophouse, South Street Restoration Project was dilapidated, uninsurable, untenantable, graffiti ridden and a place where squatters often resided. Identified as, of cultural heritage significance, for its contribution to the heritage of Fremantle in terms of aesthetic, historic, social or scientific significance, it could not be demolished. Therefore, the project focused on what was already there, making best adaptive re-use of both function and materials. The building’s fabric faced enormous challenges with limestone walls deemed unsafe through widespread cracking as well as missing windows, ceilings and glass. Electricals were unsafe with plumbing and stormwater practically non-existent The project resulted in a successful outcome of place and purpose where a 100 year old building has not been demolished. The use of recycled materials such as, brickwork, flooring, lime mortar, timber roofing (retained) and limestone, significantly reduced a reliance on new products.


Sustainability Considerations

As an historical restoration, this 100 year old building and all its embodied energy has been faithfully retained, re-used, recycled and adapted for the future. By the very nature of restoration the use of recycled materials such as brickwork, flooring, lime mortar, timber roofing (retained) and limestone, a reliance on new products, their manufacture and delivery has been restrained. Widespread use of insulation meeting current Codes coupled with, smart energy fixtures and appliances contribute to the building’s energy efficiency.



Non-Residential Interiors (East Coast)

Designer: Alla DeLion, Studiomint

Location: Dandenong South


Builder: Eagleheart Energy Assessor: N/A

Photographer: Nicole England

The Judges said

More boutique motel than clinic. The client brief was accomplished. This will definitely give comfort to those that need it, with its eye-catching and welcoming space. Spaces that work with operational requirements deliver human experiences to promote well-being and show how the built environment adds value.

Project Brief

This project challenges the traditional notion of healthcare design and aims to create a more optimistic and welcoming experience for patients and staff. Moving away from typical healthcare clinics to de-medicalise the space, allowed for an opportunity to rebrand its identity and position, in a new industrial area in Melbourne’s south east. The front of house space is a grand statement achieved by an exposed ceiling along the façade of the building creating a ‘shopfront’ through the use of feature wall panelling, LED lighting and accent teal colouring. Curves through the design soften the space and add a sense of movement bringing the design to life. Warm timber finishes and greenery brighten the space to make it more inviting.


Sustainability Considerations

The project featured warm timber finishes, greenery and high façade glazing for natural light that brought the outside in, creating a more calming and optimistic experience for those who visit and work in the space. The tenancy has 4m high windows along the façade, zoned as a waiting area that allow for maximum natural light by taking advantage of the northern sunlight therefore reducing electricity usage, all whilst creating an eye-catching and welcoming space. Sheer curtains along the façade help filter direct sunlight to reduce heat through summer.



Non-Residential Interiors (East Coast)

The front of house space is a grand statement achieved by an exposed ceiling along the façade of the building creating a ‘shopfront’ through the use of feature wall panelling, LED lighting and accent teal colouring.




Non-Residential Interiors (West Coast)

Designer: Paul Lim & Kylene Tan, Mata Design Studio

Location: Fremantle Web:

Builder: ICS Australia

Energy Assessor: N/A

Photographer: Dion Robeson / Ross Wallace

The Judges said

A large commercial food and beverage outlet handled by an experienced designer that has a clear understanding of space, materials and how these businesses work. The success of the design will benefit the financial success of the business model and will stand the test of time. The original spirit of the building was kept with a fluid transition to its new future. An amalgam of old and new materials giving life to a trendy brewery, eatery, and retail space.

Project Brief

Within the existing heritage listed A-Shed, a concept for the Gage Roads Brewery was developed based upon the client’s desire to create a spiritual home for WA’s biggest brewer. The designer saw the 100m long, 1920’s warehouse space as being a literal “home” for Gage Roads and turned the open area into “rooms” to create different seating options and experiences for its patrons. The design process was one of close collaboration working handin-hand with the client and their team, architect, artists, builder, suppliers and consultants from concept to completion.

The original spirit of the building was kept with a fluid transition to its new future. An amalgam of old and new materials giving life to a trendy brewery, eatery, and retail space.


Sustainability Considerations

The project, being one of adaptive reuse, is a sustainable development with environmental and social advantages. Built in 1925-26, A-Shed was in disrepair and brought back to life through structural and service upgrades. Specification of furniture and materials were sourced from companies with transparent supply chains and environmental considerations included as vintage furniture pieces. Where possible and practical materials were sourced locally including Jarrah reused from a wharf and obtained from local timber yards as well as 17 lineal metres of sandstone on the main bar from a quarry in Donnybrook, WA.





Excellence in Documentation (East Coast) Past President’s Award (Commendation)

Designer: Sam Bell, Bellhaus Design Office

Location: Blairgowrie Web:

Builder: Manna Made

Energy Assessor: Empire Thermal Group

Photographer: Timothy Kaye

The Judges said Clear, easy to read, no clutter detailing. A beautiful set of documents complementing an amazing build. Concise documents make life easy for all in the process, a benchmark for all of us. Each line has meaning, the drawing is the only means by which we communicate the idea, when done well, the construction is executed as intended, and this has been achieved.

Project Brief

Located within 500m of breaking surf, inspiration was largely driven by the beauty of the natural, rugged coastline and dense vegetation. The brief was to create a functional family home that sits effortlessly within the landscape, but also provides a point of distinction and strong visual impact. Planning controls and a flood overlay required the building footprint to be positioned toward the rear of the site, creating a generous landscaped entrance with native plants and a gravel driveway. Expansive glazing enabled uninterrupted views and the main bedroom design provided immediate connection to the outdoors. The outdoor kitchen, deck, plunge pool and low maintenance landscaped gardens flow from the key living area. Zoning of all primary living spaces were located on the first floor, with an office space, car accommodation and utility areas located on the lower level with direct access to the main entrance, providing flow between the upstairs living spaces. Locally sourced Australian hardwoods for the cladding and decking will soften and improve visually with age and specialised treatment of metal surfaces was used to withstand the corrosive environment.

Sustainability Considerations

An important part of the client brief was to create a sustainable, energy efficient home that was low toxic and used natural, highquality materials that would endure for years to come. A high-quality HVAC air filtration system was incorporated into the ducted heating and cooling system allowing for zoning to minimise energy consumption. Onsite water retention was installed for garden use, flushing toilets and laundry facilities. Provision for a full solar and battery system was made and a 10.5m front setback allows for significant native vegetation. High specification insulation was used for external walls, ceilings, floors and wet area walls to create a stable energy efficient home. Orientation of the key living spaces captures the northern aspect and using window shrouds on north facing windows limits direct sunlight during summer and minimises heating requirements during winter.




Excellence use of Bricks (West Coast) People’s Choice (West Coast)

Location: Noranda Web:

Builder: Express Living Energy Assessor: Claude-Francois

Photographer: Brendan Cecich Photography

The Judges said

This is an intriguing design solution. The use of the dark brickwork gave this build a moody and yet sophisticated presence. The bricks seamlessly tie in with the rest of the materials to give this home the industrial feel that the clients envisioned. The contrasting dark brick and smooth white backdrop provide depth and articulation to a modest house. The use of light and dark will give the occupant a sense of home and space with a subtle use of bricks for accentuation of these well thought out spaces. Framing the hero material internally and externally has been beautifully executed.




Project Brief

The idea for Project Mercer was simple, how can a home be designed so well, that it looks like it cost a million dollars? Like every young couple, the clients had a budget in mind but did not want to compromise on the design or finish. Sarandy recommended a smaller footprint residence, allowing the focus to stay on the overall vision, a well-thought-out, inspirational abode featuring high ceilings, split level, and sustainable design ideologies.

Sustainability Considerations

Project Mercer focuses on good design practices which promote sustainable ideas. The living areas were purposefully positioned to the northern side and included double glazed Velux solar panels on the south side. High vaulted ceilings with large glazing openings allow for cross-ventilation and if it gets too hot, the solar-powered block-out blinds automatically shut if the space is over the set temperature. Every bedroom has sleek, black ceiling fans which not only look aesthetically pleasing but promote a more sustainable application. The client drives a Tesla which required a higher amp-output-GPO to the Garage which was also incorporated in the electrical plan.

Excellence use of Bricks (West Coast) People’s Choice (West Coast)


Excellence in the use of Concrete (East Coast)

Designer: Darren Cole-Sinclair, DCS Australia Pty Ltd

Location: Barwite Web:

Builder: Terry Jones Family Homes & High Country Stone & Tile Energy Assessor: Keystone Alliance

Photographer: Michelle Williams

The Judges said

Lost for words...Oh my..... The honesty and timelessness of this design are anchored by the form and function of concrete. Something so solid, representing warmth and the most pleasing aesthetic is a job well considered.

Project Brief

The brief was to create a contemporary home incorporating an attached and separate bed and breakfast that allowed the owners to feel distanced from guests. Overlooking incredible views across the Broken River valley, Mansfield and the Paps, the site enabled northern orientation for living areas and most of the bedrooms that run the length of the house capturing the sunlight. A dry watercourse to the east that only runs during winter became a landscaping feature as part of the external design. The eastern end of the building cantilevers over the natural watercourse during winter creating a beautiful cascading waterfall below the terrace. Maximising the northern site aspect, whilst capturing the spectacular views to the south, meant the house siting was moved forward on the cut to create a comfortable and flowing effect from the north terrace to the kitchen allowing for a large northern entertaining space and level grassed area. The design provided for a comfortable residence and a bed and breakfast, all under the same roof and, as one dwelling.

WINNER Excellence in the use of Concrete (East Coast)

Sustainability Considerations

The main living areas and bedrooms all face and align to the north of the site to provide natural light filled spaces and natural winter heating from the concrete slab. The large entry corridor and winter garden provides for natural thermal heating and works brilliantly in winter to heat the floor and masonry thermal internal wall, providing a central passive heat source to the main living areas when the sun is out. All water is collected and directed to a large storage tank for use.



Excellence use of Lightweight Materials (West Coast)

Location: East Fremantle


Builder: Building 51

Energy Assessor: Peter Creighan – Energy Wise Australia

Photographer: JJ Smith Photography

The Judges said

An old cottage is transformed to the rear of the lot opening to a much larger volume. This is a beautiful blend of the functions of the home into the landscape. What a transformation! Clever use of modern and classic look claddings. The use of lightweight materials gave the project excellent ‘bang for buck’, looks great, works well, and excellent value for money. Collaboration between client and designer giving new life to the old and transition to the new. I want to live here, wow, wow, wow.




Excellence use of Lightweight Materials (West Coast)

Project Brief

As an artist, the client had a creative and clear vision of renovating their existing home into a forever family home with her own artwork featured throughout. The aim was to create a home that would stand the test of time and pay homage to the traditional yet quirky style of East Fremantle. Blending a traditional cottage exterior with a contemporary coastal interior, this nostalgic ‘new meets old’ home fits effortlessly into the street.


Sustainability Considerations

Extensions are a great way to minimise landfill. Careful consideration was made to keep as much of the existing structure as possible. The existing asbestos cladding. High rating insulation to the walls was installed ensuring the home remains comfortable without the need for artificial heating and cooling.

I M A G I N E | C R E A T E | C O N S T R U C T




Best Digital Presentation by a Student Best Response to Design Brief by a Building Design student John

The Judges said

Amazing presentation board. The digital walkthrough was calm and yet inviting. Great renderings, very realistic.

Wow! Nailed the brief and realistic design inclusions. It would be a lovely building to live and work in.

Written statement about the project

A modern interpretation of classical architecture that draws inspiration from the landscape, the natural and built environments and, Bendigo’s multi-culturalism, all with the aim of accurately interpreting the client’s brief to make the vision a reality. This development is to achieve high sustainability and ensure that existing architecture is not diminished, but rather, enhanced by design. The materials palette represents natural elements of the landscape, predominantly using sandstone and various timbers, to become an entity of the natural environment. These earthy materials are contrasted with vibrant bronze shading panels inspired by the Goldrush and the structure is supported by large, feature stone columns with symbolic indigenous carvings signifying the foundation of the design philosophy, which is to embrace culture, hence the name Assenture. The building wraps around a central atrium which acts as the main entrance from the revitalized laneway, with all public interior spaces interfacing with high sweeping glass curtain walls. The atrium is a centrepiece that provides a beautiful aesthetic, a social gathering point and, maximizes passive design functionality. The concept was designed to breathe life into the under-utilised laneways to create a fully integrated network including a high-end centralized gastronomic hub.



Best Response to Design Brief by an Interior Design Student

The Judges said

Huge project, great design response and presentation of the brief. Lovely renderings.

Written statement about the project

A Second Chance project’s objective is to create an alteration addition to an existing neo gothic building. This renovation is to provide a safe and secure refuge for women over eighteen and, women with children who have escaped an environment of domestic abuse. The refuge will provide long term accommodation and services with the acknowledgement of the client’s prior domestic violence. The focus will be on emotional wellbeing with the aim of offering a workable pathway that will facilitate the process of healing. This will be implemented while being mindful of the historical significance and purpose of this building and preservation of its outer structure. This safe haven will include three main spaces which are a waiting space, common space and therapeutic space. Each space will be designed whilst being considerate of the needs of the women and children as well as being sympathetic towards the building by using sustainable materials and finishes whenever possible.


Excellence in Documentation by a Student Hongyi Qi

The Judges said

Very detailed set of drawings that were well set-out and showed good knowledge of the technical aspects of presenting architectural drawings. The hand sketches are “artwork” on their own.

Written statement about the project

The proposed project is a Class 5 Multi-storey office building with an attached Class 7A car park.



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Gloster Street

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Lambert Residence

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Murray View

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Peak House

PMG Karratha

Price House

Quo-Yung Terrace

Richards Project


Shelley House

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South Street Restoration Project

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Studio on May Katie Shortland-Webb
KTR Creations JJ Smith Photography
Tallwoods Chapel of Light
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Ward Residence

Wilson Court

Wimmera Residence


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Residential Alterations & Additions over $800K (East Coast Ari Karsarian, Ari Alexander Design Group, Back to the Future House

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Residential Alterations & Additions over $800K (West Coast Sam Martin, Sam Martin Building Design, Gloster Street

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Bathroom Design (East Coast) Interior Design (East Coast Bav Kizilkaya, A1 Design Studio, Kaya Residence

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Residential Alterations & Additions $350,001 - $800K (East Coast Darrin Albert, Sketch Building Design, Quo-Yung Terrace

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Residential Alterations & Additions $350,001 - $800K (West Coast Janik Dalecki, Dalecki Design, The Third

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Residential Alterations & Additions up to $350K (West Coast Adrian Fratelle, Ecohabit, Day Residence

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New House Over $3M (East Coast): Stephen Rachcoff Rachcoff Vella Architecture, Atlas Retreat

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New House $2,000,001 - $3M (West Coast): Kim Swinyard Studio Atelier, Wonnil House

pages 54-55

New House $2,000,001 - $3M (East Coast): Zol Nagy, Nagy Design Modern Eclectic

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New House $500,001 - $750K (West Coast): John Damant Arcologic Design, North Perth Rear Strata

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New House $750,001 - $1M (West Coast): Kyle Stacey, Stack Design Little Albion

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New House $300,001 - $500K (West Coast): Pernille Stent DesignButton, Commonage Rd

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New House $1,000,001 - $2M (East Coast): Darrin Albert Sketch Building Design, Peak House

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New House $500,001 - $750K (East Coast): Luke Jennings Project Now, Richards Project

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Excellence in the Use of Bricks (East Coast) New House $300,001-$500k (East Coast): Dylan Barber, Dylan Barber Building Design, Wimmera Residence

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SA Building Design of the Year 2022: Geoff Alexander Alexstar Building Designs, Glenelg

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WA Building Design of the Year 2022/ New House $1,000,001 - $2M (West Coast) Residential Rural Design (West Coast): John Damant, Arcologic Design, Wing House

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National Building Design of the Year 2022 / Vic Building Design of the Year 2022, New House $750,001 to $1m Interior Design: Darrin Albert, Sketch Building Design, Iron House

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TAS Building Design of the Year 2022: John Weston, John Weston Architectural Design Pty. Ltd; Price House

pages 24-25

NSW Building Design of the Year 2022: Dustin Leaney Innerchi Studios, Tallwoods Chapel of Light

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