Bayside’s winners of the 2017 Bayside Built Environment Awards were announced last night at Brighton Town Hall.
Almost 120 community nominations, across 8 categories, were received this year for the prestigious annual awards established by Bayside Council in 2006, to recognise and showcase excellence in innovation, design and a passion for Bayside architecture.
Best of the Best Winner: Judges praised the sculptural form of March Studio’s design for 24 Victoria Street, Brighton saying “Few new buildings provide intrigue and invoke query in the way that this building does and it does it with skill craftsmanship and confidence.”
From the 8 award categories – which included Best Medium Density Housing, Best Heritage Renovation/ Restoration and Best Ecologically Sustainable Design – the overall Best of the Best winner was selected.
The 2017 Best of the Best Winner was Rodney Eggleston, March Studio, for his design at 24 Victoria St, Brighton.
Mr Eggleston also won the Most Creative Design Category and the Best New Building Design for his work on the Victoria St, Brighton property that was described by judges as “visually exciting” and a “highly unusual building that is as much a sculpture as habitation”.
In handing out the Best of the Best Award Bayside Mayor Cr Alex del Porto said the innovative work was an exemplary addition to Bayside’s built environment.
“Twenty-four Victoria St is a stand out winner among a diverse and exceptional field of finalists,” said Cr del Porto.
“In addition to celebrating architecture these awards are about respecting, encouraging and enhancing these qualities in Bayside and providing a stronger connection for the community to its City,” he said.
Master of Ceremony for the gala event, Dr Hamish Reid, Director of City Planning and Community Services at Bayside City Council told all finalists they each had a lot to be proud of.
“You are amongst the best in Bayside, you can be very proud of the fact that a judging panel of highly recognised professionals has selected your property and your design”.
Dr Reid said the winning designs all showed a sensitivity to Bayside’s neighbourhood character, streetscape quality, local identity, heritage values, public places and the natural environment.
Winning projects must be located within the City of Bayside, been ready for occupation by 30 June 2017 and not have received a previous award.
The winners of the 2017 Built Environment Awards are by category:
- Most Creative Design – 24 Victoria St, Brighton – Rodney Eggleston, March Studio
- Best Renovation/Extension – High Commendation – 10 Collins St, Brighton – Dale Crowhurst, Crowhurst Building Design
- Best Medium Density Housing – Joint Winners – 115-117 Dendy St Brighton, David Doyle and Maria Catalano of 4d Architects AND 2 Well St, Brighton, Kim Lowman of RotheLowman
- Best Heritage Renovation or Restoration – 27 Wilson St, Brighton, Sarah Crowley Crowley Projects
- Best Commercial Building – 432 Bluff Rd, Hampton (Bambini Early Learning Centre) Ian Perkins, Perkins Architects
- Best Ecologically Sustainable Design – 16 Hudson St, Hampton designed by Bruce Herbes & Jan Bagley
- Best New Building – 24 Victoria St, Brighton, Rodney Eggleston, March Studio
- Best of the Best – 24 Victoria St, Brighton, Rodney Eggleston, March Studio
The judging panel included:
- Dr Masa Noguchi (Associate Professor in Environment Design, University of Melbourne);
- Mark Stanojevic (Director of Ask Planning Services Pty Ltd);
- David Helms (respected member of the architectural and planning professional, a cultural heritage planner and adviser with 20 years’ experience.
- Cr Laurence Evans
- Cr James Long
- Dr Hamish Reid Director of City Planning and Community Services at Bayside City Council.