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Bayside’s best building

Thursday, October 17, 2019

A new Beaumaris residence took home the top prize and won two other categories in the Bayside Built Environment Awards announced last night.

The prestigious Bayside Built Environment Awards acknowledge and celebrate innovation, excellence and passion in the design of Bayside architecture.

12 Bellaire Court, Beaumaris, designed by Michael Baker of Zenibaker Architects won the Best of the Best, Don Fulton Award for Excellence in Design after also taking home prizes for Best New Building and Most Creative Design. It was one of two winners in the Best New Building category, sharing the title with 6 Coral Avenue, Beaumaris which was designed by Clare Cousins Architects.

Bayside Mayor, Cr Michael Heffernan said that a panel of expert judges had selected the winners and high commendation recipients from among more than 120 nominations this year.

“In honour of the late Donald Fulton, a passionate advocate for exceptional architecture in Bayside,  the Best of the Best award was retitled last year to the Best of the Best Don Fulton Award for excellence in Design”..

“The awards are aimed at raising community awareness and understanding of the built environment within Bayside. As the large number of nominations remains strong year after year, it shows how popular and well recognised they have become among our residents and the development industry.”

The judges hailed the entrants’ creativity and innovation, and applauded their environmental and aesthetic sensitivity to our neighbourhood.

Melbourne University Associate Professor in Environmental Design, Masa Noguchi was excited by the unique projects that brought appearance, technology and experience together.

“This can be challenging but many did it so well,” he said. “To design a building is ‘normal’ but to design an ‘experience’ for the users is something really special.”

Amanda Roberts, Director of Urban Design at SJB Urban said she had based her judgements on how the buildings fit within the landscape.

“It is important to look at the built form in collaboration and connection with the street, the wider landscape, see what is going on with neighbouring properties, does the building blend or stand out and if it stands out, how does it make people feel, not just those who live there or use it, but the public walking past – that is all important to ascertain whether the building is doing its job.

“Bayside should be applauded for having these awards and recognising quality outcomes within their municipality. This appreciation will lead to a better urban environment for everyone to enjoy,” Ms Roberts said.

The 2019 winners and the architects and architecture practices responsible for them are:

Best of the Best, Don Fulton Award for Excellence in Design

  • 12 Bellaire Court, Beaumaris - Michael Baker, Zenibaker Architects

Best new building

  • 12 Bellaire Court, Beaumaris - Michael Baker, Zenibaker Architects
  • 6 Coral Avenue, Beaumaris - Clare Cousins Architects
  • High Commendation: 3 The Avenue, Hampton - Matt Martino, Martino Group

Most creative design

  • 12 Bellaire Court, Beaumaris - Michael Baker, Zenibaker Architects
  • High Commendation: Brighton Secondary College 120 Marriage Road, Brighton - Hayball
  • High Commendation: 46 Dendy Street, Brighton - Ian Perkins, Perkins Architects
  • High Commendation: 6 Coral Avenue, Beaumaris - Clare Cousins Architects

Best medium density housing dual occupancy and multi-unit

  • 10 – 12 Well Street, Brighton - McKimm
  • High Commendation: 34 Elm Street, Brighton East - Anthony Chan, Chan Architecture
  • High Commendation: 2D Dendy Street, Brighton - Joe Shepherd, Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

Best renovation / extension

  • 9 Menzies Avenue, Brighton - Craig Barkla, Caisson

Best heritage renovation or restoration

  • 2 Mackie Grove, Brighton East - Seamus Lightwood, Light Design

Best Commercial Building

  • Best Private Commercial Building: 46 Dendy Street, Brighton - Ian Perkins, Perkins Architects
  • Best Educational Commercial Building: Brighton Secondary College - Hayball
  • Best Public Commercial Building: Foreshore Amenity, Jetty Road, - Zen Architects
  • High Commendation: 2A Park Road, Cheltenham - Paul Katz, Katzarchitecture

Best Ecologically Sustainable Design*

  • 30 Tennyson Street, Sandringham - David Pontifex, Atkinson Pontifex

*The recommendations for the Best Ecological Sustainable Design category were based on an ecological performance assessment undertaken by an external expert.

12 Bellaire Court, Beaumaris was named the Best of the Best at the 2019 Bayside Built Environment Awards.