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Best Response to a Design Brief by a Student

Tristan Burfield
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Student Brief: Environmentally Friendly Child Care Centre

The site was located at 1200 Princes Hwy, Greenlakes (a fictitious outer suburb of Melbourne). The site was irregular in shape and had its primary frontage to Princes Highway, with a side-street frontage to Adjoining Avenue. The site was 2,443m2 in area. The site was vacant and was provided with all the required utility services. The site features included little fall, three established trees and two existing crossovers to access the site from Princes Hwy. In recent times, Greenlakes had experienced a rapid population growth, with the establishment of large housing subdivisions in the area.

The brief was to design a 45 place, pre-school Child Care Centre to cater for the day care requirements of the large number of working parents, in the nearby area with pre-school children. The brief had specific requirements.

The finalists in this category were:

  • David Allen, student at RMIT School of Built Environment;
  • Tristan Burfield, student at RMIT School of Built Environment;
  • Daniel Chambers, student at Wodonga Institute of TAFE;
  • Andrew McLean, student at University of Ballarat;
  • Randal Pound, student at RMIT School of Built Environment;

The Judges observed that competition was very fierce in this year’s Student Category, but were unanimous that Tristan Burfield was the winner of this Award, for his well considered, well thought-out, and well presented submission.