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BDAV 2016 Building Design Awards

Artisan Apartments

Winner Best Environmentally Sustainable Design: Residential

Designer: EME Design Pty Ltd
Builder: DCS Built
Photographer: Luke Middleton
Location: Heidelberg, VIC

In its award submission, the Artisan claimed to be ‘designed for the future’ – a claim that the Judging Panel was happy to accept. This project has been recognised as a true exemplar of sustainable medium density living. Truly sustainable design is a challenging exercise, as it actually has many dimensions to address: energy and water efficient performance, prudent material usage and durability, social liveability, even aesthetic attractiveness. The Judge’s view was that The Artisan manages to ‘tick all these boxes’ in a convincing and credible manner, through features such as carefully detailed building fabric and internal daylighting; water efficient plumbing fixtures and a 20,000 litre rainwater tank; as well as energy efficient lighting. All of which make the Artisan Apartments a worthy winner of the Best Environmentally Sustainable Residential Design.