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Winner: Most Innovative Façade Treatment

Emerald Street Townhouses

Orbit Solutions Pty Ltd
Darren Cole-Sinclair
(03) 9620 5200
Emerald Street Townhouses
David Rosendale

This outstanding development of one two-storey and four three-storey townhouses achieves excellence on many levels. The design has seamlessly incorporated the heritage dairy building that exists on the site, and provides a series of contemporary homes that sit comfortably in the heritage streetscape while providing comfortable and flexible living spaces. The ingenious façade detail utilising “terracade” terracotta cladding and grey tinted windows cleverly articulates the word “house” and has achieved a highly desirable series of homes that are flexible and comfortable. High levels of amenity are provided, with abundant natural light at each level, and large north-facing terraces provide city views. The rear of the development is not forgotten, with colour used to great effect on the roller doors to the undercover garages. The design is an exemplar of today’s best practice solutions for the challenges that designers face within the built environment.

Special Commendation: Most Innovative Façade Treatment

Collingwood Apartments

DIG Design
Lindsay Douglas
(03) 9348 9033
Collingwood Apartments
Tony Miller, Archiphoto

This five storey complex accommodating 30 apartments, a commercial tenancy, and 37 on-site car parks, is a striking design achievement. It draws on the industrial heritage of the Collingwood area, but reinterprets it through the unusual use of its core materials of concrete, aluminium, steel and glass. The futuristic, external steel frame and mural artwork provide a sculptural element to the design. The apartments provide cool, stylish living spaces with large glazed doors, offering access to balconies with views over the Collingwood hinterland, while the commercial tenancy at ground floor level provides activity at street level. Car stackers have been used in the basement to maximise the site yield. This project contributes to contemporary design by challenging the idea of surface and façade through the clever use of positive and negative spaces, creating a development that invigorates and interacts with its surrounds, offering a vibrant place to live. This project has value added to the client’s investment and expectations.