PRIZE: Designers by Nature’s Shaun Watson and Form & Function Building Design’s Donna Monaghan each won BDAV awards. Picture: Rob GunstoneWARRNAMBOOL buildingdesigner Dean Picken has taken out the state’s top industry award for a coastalhome designin Port Fairy.
Six building projects in Warrnambool and three firms were nominated for theBuilding Design Association ofVictoria (BDAV) awards held in Melbourne on Saturday.
Mr Picken, Designers by Nature’s chief designer,won three prizesfor aPort Fairy home (pictured above), includingbest use of glass, best residential design from$500,000 to$1 million,and the top prize–building design of the year.
Form & Function’sDonna Monaghanwon a non-residential design award her work on the refurbishedKoala Childcare and Early Learning Centre on Lava Street.
Mr Picken said the recognition showed a change in how the industry viewed design concepts.
“They’re looking at sustainability andgood environmental housing that’s well thought-out and designed in response to the site,” he said.
“Warrnambool is batting above its average to take down three top prizes.
“We’re raising the bar and doing good quality work.
“For a small town with limited scope, limited sites and limited budget, it’s fantastic.”
Mr Picken said the biggest challenge he faced with the Port Fairy designwas integrating the development intothe rugged environment and providing sweeping views of the southern ocean, while protecting it from the elements.
Mrs Monaghan said she was pleased the district had been recognised with awards against toughmetropolitan competition.
“It was inspiring to see other Warrnambool designers in the city and it’s motivating to see the work they’re producing,” she said.
“Dean and I were both high-fiving each other and thinking it was a good thing to get past the Westgate Bridge and showcase some properties in south-west Victoria.
“It’s a great thing for Warrnambool.”
She said the refurbished childcare centre project was recognised for preserving the 19th centurybuilding’s heritage in a sustainable way.
The building was previously home to the offices ofSouth West Healthcare’smental health service.
“We were appointed with the challenge of fitting 103 children in the building without extending anything,” she said.
“Itwas my goal to remove its institutionalised feel and make the history of the building shine, but also make it feel warm and friendly for children,parents and staff.
“They were impressed by our ability to be sustainable with an existing building, which could have easily just been demolished,and gave it a new lease of life.”
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