2014 PREMIER’S DESIGN AWARD WINNER GOES TO INNOVATIVE AND SUSTAINABLE APARTMENT BLOCK – THE COMMONS!
The 2014 Premier’s Design Award Winner announced on Wednesday 1 October was awarded to The Commons, designed by Breathe Architecture and commissioned by Small Giants. The Commons was also awarded the Best In Category for Architectural Design.
The Commons was selected as the overall winner for its innovative approach to design resulting in apartments that are generous, simple, affordable and sustainable.
“This is a completely new and innovative approach to apartment block design and construction and will set a benchmark for others to follow”, remarked Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia, who manages the awards on behalf of the Victorian Government.
The design strategy was to build a vertical community where residents share rooftop gardens, solar hot water, electricity generation systems, roof top laundry, bike parking and communal beehives.
The Judges commented: “The Commons is beautifully designed to allow us to experience living the future – working prototype for urban living.”
The design of The Commons has been a catalyst for bringing together socially responsible individuals who are now striving to give back not only to their neighbours but also to improve their broader community.
Six Best in Category Awards were also handed out across the key disciplines of
Product Design and
Dr Gien noted that “The design projects featured in this year’s Premier’s Design Awards re-affirm the international calibre and diversity of Victoria’s design and creative sector.”
The annual awards program celebrates the very best of Victorian design and innovation and provides a unique platform for Victorian designers and businesses to showcase their best work to a national and international audience. The program attracted an exemplary standard of submissions for 2014 that highlight the breadth and diversity of design, creativity and innovation currently flourishing in Victoria.