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The winners of this year’s Melbourne Design Awards have been revealed at an awards night at Circa The Prince’s Deck in St Kilda.
The awards promote cross-disciplinary design across 20 categories, and differ from most other awards program in the way winners are chosen. Winners are selected by a public voting system, in which the votes of design peers (members of the DIA or other supporting design organisations) are worth five points each, while votes from members of the public are worth one point.
Now in their second year, the Melbourne Design Awards are a joint initiative between the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and A Thinking Company. The Melbourne program is the first city to host the program as part of the City Design Awards project.
Among the architectural winners were McBride Charles Ryan, who won the Commercial Architecture category for their Penleigh and Essendon Grammar – Junior School for boys, while the Residential Architecture award was presented to John Wardle Architects for the Queenscliff Residence.
In the interior design field, winners included HASSELL, who received the Interior Design – Hospitality award for the firm’s series of three fitouts in the Yarra Lane Precinct, while Siren Design’s fitout for creative agency Tongue took home the Interior Design – Corporate award. Doherty Lynch’s Finnon Glen farmhouse residence received the top award in the Interior Design – Residential category, with Ryan Russell for Russell and George winning the Interior Design – Retail category for his design for the Crumpler store in Doncaster, featuring a retail space crafted out of the materials used to make Crumpler’s bags.
Other notable winners were ASPECT Studios, winners in the Landscape Architecture category for ‘The Spirit of Barak trail’, a green spine that runs alongside Chirnside Park. John Wardle Architects received a second prize in addition to their Residential Architecture award, winning the Lighting Design category for the 500 Bourke Street Podium Redevelopment.
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