Acute House by OOF! Architecture. Photo by Nic Granleese.
“These awards recognise Victorian designers and architects who go beyond the local to influence design thinking internationally,” says Minister of Creative Industries Martin Foley.
Winning designs were given accolades across eight categories at the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards last night. Celebrating design and innovation in architecture, industrial design, technology and more, the awards program aims to address human-centered design approaches that deliver economic and social benefits.
The Design Award of the Year went to a revolutionary bicycle bell. The Oi Bike Bell was designed and developed by industrial design consultancy Catalyst Design Group and reimagines the traditional bike bell into a desirable object. “The Oi Bike Bell exemplifies excellence in industrial design and brings together clever manufacturing, smart use of materials and a unique design aesthetic that sets it apart from other products in its class,” said Ms. Celina Clarke, Chair of the Premier’s Design Awards Jury.
Acute House by OOF! Architecture won the Architectural Design category. The project has received several honours including a recent ArchiTeam Award. This highly innovative renovation responds to the restrictions of the site – taking heritage, family requirements and a small footprint into consideration. OOF! Architecture tried to retain as much character from the original fabric as possible, contrasting it with an entirely new outlook for a modern family.
Another project that was recognised was 122 Roseneath Street by Assemble, Wulff Projects and Icon co – taking out the best in Service Design for the innovative framework used in marketing the new generation of multi-residential apartments. By adapting the principles of human-centred design, the designers created a framework for marketing off-the-plan apartments that resulted in 80 percent of contracts ($42M) signed on within the first 12 hours of launch. This feat that was achieved by opening up to new consumers and bringing them on a purchase journey through consultation, collaboration and curated events.
Other winners include: