Good design is sustainable design, if winners in the 2016 Good Design Awards are any indication.
The Award for Sustainability went to Nevhouse, designed by HASSELL Principal Ken McBryde, in collaboration with Kacey Bridge, Interior Life and Dindas.
The innovative green and affordable building solution comprises cyclone-rated modular buildings made from recycled plastic and timber. They operate off-grid for both energy and water.
The buildings are suitable for dwellings, schools and medical clinics, and have already been supplied and constructed as part of post-cyclone reconstruction on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu.
- Read more about Nevhouse in Ken McBryde’s piece Turning plastic waste into housing
The overall winner for Architectural Design was Kensington Street, commissioned by Greencliff and Frasers Property for the City of Sydney.
Kensington Street forms part of the Central park precinct, and involves the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings and upgrading of a city street to become a pedestrian-friendly zone with cafes, creative spaces and outdoor social spaces. Buildings in the project were required to achieve a minimum of 5 Star Green Star.
The design team comprised Turf Design Studio and Jeppe Aagaard Andersen for public domain and landscape architecture, and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and Paul Davies & Associates for built form architecture.
The CSIRO Design Innovation Award was won by the Seabin project, a floating automated bin capable of sucking rubbish out of the ocean that was designed and developed by two Australians, Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski.
- See our story Seabin start-up poised to clean up our shorelines
The major Award of the Year was won by Byron Bay start up Flow Hive, for their timber beehive that allows honey to be collected without having to disrupt the bees or open the hive.
Dr Brandon Gien, chief executive of Good Design Australia, said good design was a “showcase of the way that design creates value, commercial and social, in ways that matter today”.
“Flow Hive is still about how design changes the landscape, but it’s a grassroots example. It’s about a new value eco-system that starts with an idea in a backyard, literally, and creates its own opportunity through crowdfunding because of its ability to capture peoples’ imagination,” Dr Gien said.
Stu Anderson and Cedar Anderson, the father and son team that designed the Flow Hive in collaboration with designers Evolve Group, said the hive was about connecting people to bees and the “myriad of species that sustain life”.
“The award also recognises that Flow is building the numbers of beekeepers around the world and providing them with comprehensive educational materials on bee husbandry. We hope Australia will become a leader in innovative design that has a positive environmental impact,” they said.
The hive is being manufactured in Australia.
Ty Hermans from Evolve Group said the product shows what great design can do for Australia, and that there is little future for manufacturing in Australia without it. There is also little value in designing products that go straight to China to be manufactured, he said.
“We have such a rich history of innovation in this country, and there are a lot of great products being designed in Australia every day, but the manufacturing is often completed elsewhere. Sometimes this is necessary and a requirement, however we see it all too often that people have this misconception that it has to go offshore to be made cheaper – this is simply not the case.”
The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Award was given to the Sydney Park Water Reuse project for City of Sydney, designed by Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership.
Part of the Sustainable Sydney 2030 strategy, the project involves harvesting water from the Newtown catchment, cleaning it, and returning it to the environment through a waterscape.
The 202020 Vision inaugural Green Design Award was won by ASPECT Studios’ The Goods Line project in Darling Harbour.
ASPECT Studios director Sacha Coles said the team behind the project were “honoured to receive industry recognition of The Goods Line as a valuable piece of social, green infrastructure in a heavily urban environment”.
“As an initiative of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, The Goods Line has reimagined the previously overlooked landscape of the elevated freight line as a strategic, spatially rich and highly experiential green spine, supporting the daily life of a growing Sydney,” Mr Coles said.
“The Goods Line highlights the potential that many of Sydney’s underused or forgotten spaces offer to developing more innovative, sustainable and connected communities.”
- See the full list of winners