Winner "The Difference is Living"

The winners of the Brickworks Living Building Challenge design competition were announced in Melbourne last Thursday night, with leading architecture, engineering and consulting firms among those recognised for their ideas.

The competition was held by the Living Future Institute Australia in partnership with Frasers Property Australia.

The major award, the Professional Award Candlebark Prize, was won by the dwp|suters, Aurecon, CJ Arms, Reedbed technology, Ecoharvest, Biomimicry Australia, Future Food and WATPAC collaboration for “The Difference is Living”. This entry was also a finalist in the People’s Choice Awards.

The judges said the team’s entry “comprehensively creatively” addressed the principles of the Living Building Challenge, particularly with its modular construction, market roof, bush tucker green walls and billabong plantings.

The People’s Choice Award was won by the Buchan Group, Grun Consulting, Inhabit Group and Rushwright Associates for “For the Common Good: A Restart to Retailing”.

The Shiny Wallaby Award for Volunteering was won by another People’s Choice finalist team comprising DesignInc Melbourne, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Outlines landscape Architecture and Mend. As well as producing their own design, “The Biovale”, the judges noted the team members had contributed in a volunteer and pro bono capacity to a number of not-for-profit and community groups over the duration of the completion.

The Primary School Challenge Award was won by Olivia Murley from Antonio Park Primary School, whose drawing included elements the judges said were “key ideas of what is relevant for sustainability in shopping centres”. These included a focus on pedestrians and cyclists, seating, community gardens, solar power, shading for windows and capturing water.

The senior student winner of the Red Williams Award was team 42, comprising Bhargav Sridhar and Monica Sutsina. Their “Burwood Life Centre” design incorporated elements such as bees for pollination, power generation, a rammed earth visual feature, research lab and library.

  • Full details and images of all the runners-up, professional commendations and other entries can be found here

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