Victorian Premier awards apartments top gong

Rooftop garden at The Commons.

Rooftop garden at The Commons.

Image: Courtesy Premier’s Design Awards

The Commons, an apartment building that works to both catalyse a sense of community for its residents and contribute to its wider neighbourhood, has won the top gong at the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards.

The jury described The Commons as “a working prototype for urban living.” Designed by Breathe Architecture, it is a vertical community where residents share rooftop gardens, solar hot water, electricity generation systems, roof top laundry, bike parking and communal beehives.

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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.

Six Best in Category Awards were handed out across the key disciplines of Architectural Design, Product Design, Digital Design, Design Strategy and Communication Design. They include:

    Better Ways to Bank
    Designed by: Deloitte Digital
    Commissioned by: Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)
    Designed by: Ideation Design
    Commissioned by: I-Sip Trading Pty Ltd
    The Commons
    Designed by: Breathe Architecture
    Commissioned by: Small Giants
    Think Ahead Exhibition About Imagining the Future at Scienceworks
    Designed by: Museum Victoria Design Studios
    Commissioned by: Museum Victoria/Scienceworks
    Quirkii Paper Products
    Designed by: Jalapeno Creative
    Commissioned by: Ausinc
    Smart Blocks
    Designed by: Huddle Design, Digital Eskimo, Vidiris, Sustainability at Work
    Commissioned by: Strata Community Australia, City of Melbourne, City of Sydney, Owners Corporation Network

View the all the 2014 Premier’s Design Award Winners and Finalists here.


Breathe Architecture
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Bonnie Herring (project architect), Jeremy McLeod (design architect), Robert Kolak, Kai Cheong, Uscha Van Banning, Peter Wise
Builder Ficus Constructions, Kubic Constructions
Engineer O'Neill Group
Graphic design Tony Stewart
Landscape Landspace
Services and structural consultant O'Neill Group
Site details
Location Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Category Residential buildings
Type Apartments, Multi-residential, Residential
Project Details
Status Built

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