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The Pixel Building, a carbon neutral office building in Melbourne designed by studio505 architects and developed by Grocon, has been named greenest building of the year at the BPN Sustainability Awards.
The project was commended for the contribution it makes to advancing progress in sustainable building practices. Bill Dowzer, principal of BVN Architecture and judge at this year’s awards, said Pixel was “a very valuable addition to the city and illustrates the possibilities of future large-scale CBD office buildings”.
Other winners on the night included HASSELL’s mixed-use one40william in Perth’s CBD, which won the Public Building & Urban Design category, and BVN Architecture’s AECOM Brisbane workplace – winner of the Office Fitout category.
In the residential awards, the Penola House by Positive Footprints was victorious in the Single Dwelling (new) category, while Hamilton Design’s Callignee II – a rebuild project following the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires – won the Single Dwelling (alterations or extensions) prize.
The Multi-Density Residential award was presented to the Redfern East Social Housing Project by LFA (Pacific), while the winner in the Landscape Design category was Blackburne Jackson Design’s Bremer State High School. The Small Commercial winner was Tzannes Associates’ Sydney Harbour YHA.
A number of projects were awarded special mentions, including Breathe Architecture’s River Studios in the commercial category – a project that saw a vacant Melbourne warehouse transformed into a series of artist studios on a meagre budget. Residential commendations were awarded to Neeson Murcutt’s Castlecrag House, an alteration project to an original Walter Burley Griffin house, and Rose Bay House by Australian Living/Pidcock Architecture & Sustainability.
The awards, organised by Building Product News magazine, are a national competition rewarding the best projects in Australia’s green building industry. This year’s entries were judged by Bill Dowzer, principal at BVN Architecture; Dick Clarke, director of sustainable building consultancy Envirotecture; and Dr Chris Reardon, academic and practicing building expert.