September 2016 saw the convening of the 2016 Building Designers Australia National Conference and Design Awards presentation on the sunny Gold Coast. What a perfect time of year for us Canberra folk to head north and catch some sun after a chilly winter. Sadly, and for the first time in many years, I wasn’t able to attend the conference.
I’m told one of the conference highlights was the keynote speech presented by KPMG demographics guru, Bernard Salt, who introduced the audience to some new “tribes” that are emerging in our communities. Do any of these sound familiar…?
PUMCINS : Professional Urban Middle Class In Nice Suburbs
NETTEL’s : Not Enough Time To Enjoy Life
KIPPERS : Kids In Parents Pockets Eroding Retirement Savings
LOMBARDS : Lots Of Money But A Real Dickhead!
Regardless of us not being able to attend, the awards presentation was still a huge success for both our office and for the ACT chapter of BDA. ACT members took the stage no less than 10 times to accept their awards for projects ranging from large modern new homes to compact additions as well as some great results in the sustainability area. Huge congrats to Goulburn based ACT chapter member Simon Croker for his work on Gunyi Retreat, which netted him the coveted Paul Dass Memorial Award as well as the Chris Reardon Memorial Award for residential sustainable buildings.
We were honoured to win three awards including;
New residential buildings 251 to 350 sqm – Deakin Residence
The home has been designed to stretch along the long side boundary and tuck into the southern side of the block. This enables all bedrooms and two of the living spaces to overlook the beautifully landscaped rear yard as well as enabling access to year round natural light. There are three separate living spaces, each offering distinct qualities of aspect, outlook & size. The front living space is a distinctly adult space for evening relaxation whilst the open plan kitchen, dining and family room offers a great entertaining option with strong visual connections to the landscaped yard. This space opens up to the large rear entertaining deck and spa area via over size full height sliding doors. The smallest living space, a reading and music nook nestled amongst the bedrooms, offers a private and cosy space to escape to in relative isolation whilst still being effortless connected to the outdoors.
New residential buildings 351 to 450 sqm – Turner Residence
The majority of the home has been located on the lower floor level so that the clients can enjoy easy access throughout the key spaces for years to come. Only two bedrooms and a bathroom have been placed upstairs, an intentional effort to create separation from the rest of the home. Downstairs, each zone has been carefully located so that it enjoys separation and privacy. The highly articulated layout and use of courtyards creates that outcome and allows garden views from each room, ensuring that the block is fully utilised. The articulated design also creates lovely cross ventilation through rooms that are mostly single room width as well as offering an abundance of natural light. The living spaces are the focus of this home with choices of indoor spaces large enough for a crowd or cosy enough for two; and an outdoor entertaining area that is inviting, luxurious and practical.
Best use of Architectural Windows Systems – Turner Residence
Thank you to the BDA for providing a platform for us to showcase the high quality work that we do and which we are very proud of, and also for hosting what I have heard was a fantastic conference. The biggest thank you is reserved for our great clients who entrust us to bring their dreams to life; great clients get great homes! Thank you so much for letting us share the experience with you and we hope you enjoy many happy years in your new homes.
For full details of 2016 BDA Design Award winners; click here www.bdaa.com.au/