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BDAV 2017 Building Design Awards

The Essential Ingredient

Winner Non-Residential Design – Alterations & Additions

Designer: Wilson id Pty Ltd Builder: MRU Construction
Photographer: Tatjiana Plitt Photography Location: South Melbourne, VIC

This project showcases the clever use of an existing space, where minimal demolition works were carried out, and a bold design solution was conceived. The design team has devised a unique geometric shape for the shop-front which implies domesticity and creates a bold brand identity. This feature has in turn transformed an ordinary shop into a statement along the strip. The use of timber and a strong colour palette frames the façade of an average shop front, while the transparency of the window and a door create a porthole, drawing one into the retail business within. Together with new disability access into the shop, all of the design elements were achieved while meeting an incredibly tight budget.