Northbridge Brewing Company

Residential projects from Victoria have dominated the winners list at the National Building Design Awards, but it was a microbrewery in Northbridge WA that took out the top award.

Northbridge Brewing Company

The Northbridge Brewing Company project, designed by d4 Designs, won 2015 Building Design of the Year as well as Best New/Alteration/Addition Commercial Design and Best New/Alteration/Addition Industrial Design.

The judges said the project’s complex brief, including having to deal with tenants, landlord, 26 consultants and multiple state and local government authorities, made for a challenging design process.

Located on the northern edge of Northbridge Plaza, the building houses a working microbrewery, with the design showcasing the workings of the brewery’s pipework and kettles. Materials included recycled brickwork, glass, steel, copper and raw concrete, reducing the materials footprint of the project. Its public space is naturally ventilated and open to the plaza, and the judges noted it has been generating turnover for the owners that is “well beyond their expectations”.

The Best Sustainable Design award – Green and Gold House in Seaholme Victoria, by Positive Footprints

Green and Gold House

The project combines multigenerational living with accessible house design, and incorporates food production with a seedling-raising greenhouse and indigenous landscaping. Sustainability aspects include a 9.1 star NatHERS rating, passive solar design, water collection and re-use, earth tube cooling and greywater irrigation, phase change thermal mass, low embodied energy construction materials, extensive environmental specification, an environmental building control management system and a healthy interior.

The judges said, “The Green and Gold House is a model example of how low impact a home can be when all the elements of sustainable design are carefully considered and integrated together.”

Best Special Project Design – Richmond Icon in Melbourne by Armsby Architects

Richmond Icon

The redevelopment and restoration of Richmond’s much-loved Dimmey’s Building into a mixed-use residential and retail development required the architect and developer, Richmond Icon, to balance Heritage Victoria, town planning and community concerns while still maintaining a building that was affordable to build.

The judges said that facilitating vehicle and pedestrian access to the site while retaining the majority of the façade was challenging, as was designing a building with a vision for the future in a form that was both sympathetic to and respectful of the existing form.

“It is a positive response for adapting and creating adaptable buildings for our future,” the judges said.

“This building could well be converted back to commercial use in future should building requirements change.”

Full winners list

DesignerDesigner LocationProject Project LocationDesigner
Queensland
Reitsma + AssociatesCaloundraPlanet Homes DisplayPelican WatersBest New Residential Design –up to $500K construction cost
Victoria
Taylor ReynoldsFitzroyPreston TownhousesPrestonBest Residential Interior Design
Studio MintMelbourneLK GroupMelbourneBest Non-Residential Interior Design
EME DesignFitzroy NorthHeritageRe-InventionSouth YarraBest Heritage Design
Positive FootprintsSeaholmeGreen & Gold HouseSeaholmeBest Sustainable Design
Armsby ArchitectsPort MelbourneRichmond Icon – DimmeysCremorneBest Special Project Design
Form & Function Building DesignWarrnamboolKoala Childcare and Early Learning CentreWarrnamboolBest New/Alteration/Addition Public Building Design
Taylor ReynoldsFitzroyPreston TownhousesPrestonBest Multi-Residential Design – up to 6 Dwellings
Peter Searle DesignKewUrban Oasis TownhouseKewBest Small Dwelling Design –up to 150m2
Christopher Megowan DesignSt KildaConvertible Courtyards HousePrahranBest Alteration/Addition Residential Design –up to $350K construction cost
Designers By NatureWarrnamboolCoastal ExposurePort FairyBest New Residential Design – $500K to $1M construction cost
Glow Design GroupWilliamstownTrentham House –700 hausTrentham EastCommendation:Best New Residential Design –

$500K to $1M construction cost

Rachcoff Vella ArchitectureRichmondTarakanSorrentoBest New Residential Design – over $1M construction cost
Western Australia
d4 DesignsSubiacoNorthbridge Brewing CompanyNorthbridgeBest New/Alteration/Addition Commercial Design and Best New/Alteration/Addition Industrial Design
Sam MartinBuilding DesignFremantleWray AvenueFremantleBest Small Lot Design
arc seven.1North PerthNorth Perth RenovationNorth PerthBest Alteration/Addition Residential Design – $350K to $800K construction cost
DTDAMosman ParkView Street HousePeppermint GroveBest Alteration/Addition Residential Design –over $800K construction cost
d4 DesignsSubiacoNorthbridge Brewing CompanyNorthbridgeNational Building Designof the Year 2015