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Nightingale, Nepalese school win at 2018 Good Design Awards

A school built to replace those destroyed by earthquakes in Nepal and a water re-use project in Sydney were among the architectural winners of the Good Design Awards, announced on 17 May. Dating back to 1958, the program rewards design across a wide range of disciplines, including architecture, fashion, engineering, communications and products. This year, 269 projects from 536 entries won awards, with 30 receiving Best in Class Awards.

The first Nightingale apartment complex, built in Melbourne’s Brunswick and designed by Breathe Architecture, was named best in the Architectural Design – Commercial and Residential category, in addition to being nominated for the Good Design Award of the Year, for both its design and the innovative funding and development model that produced it.

“It’s rare for a project to light a genuinely new path for design to make an impact across an entire sector,” said the jury. “What a great example of the power of design thinking to unlock the potential for better, more holistically sustainable cities by redesigning the development model.”

The Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project, designed by Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership, won both the Best in Class Award in the Urban Design category and the special 202020 Green Design Award, adding to its hoard of accolades that includes a Civic Trust Award, and Australia Award for Urban Design and a National Landscape Architecture Award for Infrastructure.

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project by Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership.

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project by Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership.

Image: Ethan Rohloff

“This treasured green open space represents a significant asset to the south Sydney community at a time when green space is under threat from a revival of major road infrastructure in established communities,” said the jury.

The project was judged the best in a category that also included the National Museum of African History and Culture in Washington D. C. by Adjaye Associates and the Nepal Rebuilt Program, by engineers Taylor Thomson Whitting (TTW), Ken McBryde (Sydney Architecture Studio), Davenport-Campbell and David Francis, both of which won Gold awards.

The Nepal Rebuilt Program saw the design and construction of a number of earthquake resistant, lightweight school buildings across Nepal for the Australian Himalayan Foundation.

The jury was particularly taken with the “creative thinking around modular earthquake-resistant design with lightweight components that are easily transportable on foot to remote mountainous regions.”

Taylor Thomson Whitting (TTW), Ken McBryde (now at Sydney Architecture Studio), Davenport-Campbell and David Francis (in collaboration).

Taylor Thomson Whitting (TTW), Ken McBryde (now at Sydney Architecture Studio), Davenport-Campbell and David Francis (in collaboration).

Image: courtesy Good Design Awards

Futurespace took out the Interior Design category for the PWC Sydney Client Collaboration Floors, which the jury described as “An inspiring design outcome that connects design and business outcomes in a clever, refined and considered manner. This is design excellence at its best.”

The Good Design of the Year Award was split between Melbourne-based Blamey Sanders for their innovative Facett modular hearing aid and Sydney-based Meld Studios for their Human-Centred Design Across Queensland Government project.

The architectural design winners are:

Architectural Design – Commercial and Residential

Best in Class

Nightingale 1 – Breathe Architecture

Gold Award

Campbell Street – DKO Architecture and SLAB Architecture

Award

Arts Village – Andrew Nolan Architect

Banksia – McBride Charles Ryan

Living Screen House ­– C plus C Architectural Workshop

Macquarie University Incubator – Architectus

The Cutting Edge Pharmacy – Matsuya Art Works / KTX Archilab

The d’Arenberg Cube – ADS Architects

Architectural Design – Urban Design

Best in Class

Sydney Park Water Re-Use ProjectTurf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership

National Museum of African History and Culture by Adjaye Associates.

National Museum of African History and Culture by Adjaye Associates.

Image: Alan Karchmer

Gold Award

National Museum of African History and Culture – Adjaye Associates

Nepal Rebuilt Program – Taylor Thomson Whitting (TTW), Ken McBryde (now at Sydney Architecture Studio), Davenport-Campbell and David Francis (in collaboration)

Award

Reflection Memorial Martin Place – JPW, Cube Industrial Design and Jess Dare

The Globe – M3 Architecture in collaboration with Brad Hooper Architect

The Ian Potter Wild Play Children’s Garden – Aspect Studios

Architectural Design – Interior Design

Best in Class

PWC Sydney Client Collaboration Floors – Futurespace

PWC Sydney Client Collaboration Floors by Futurespace.

PWC Sydney Client Collaboration Floors by Futurespace.

Image: courtesy Good Design Awards

Award

Our Lady of Good Counsel Church – Refurbishment and New Addition – Law Architects

Russell McVeagh – Warren and Mahoney Architects

Sartoria Buna – Taller ADG

Woods Bagot Studio – Woods Bagot

202020 Green Design Award

Sydney Park Water Re-Use ProjectTurf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership

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