Outstanding sustainable projects to be celebrated at 2020 Victorian Architecture Awards

The 2020 Victorian Architecture Awards will take place Friday 10 July. Ahead of that evening, we’ve rounded up a selection of projects that have drawn acclaim for their sustainability agenda; championing the latest in technology, materials and design innovation.

Gillies Hall by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
Sustainable Architecture, Interior Architecture and Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

Gillies Hall is a 150-room student accommodation building at Monash University that has been carefully designed to deliver an environmentally sustainable, contextually sensitive and site responsive outcome. At completion it was the largest Passive House Certified (PHC) building in the southern hemisphere – and is Australia’s first student accommodation to combine PHC and cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction. The building is a reflection of the university’s commitment to the well-being of residents and their long-term aspirations towards a net-zero carbon future. Read more about Gillies Hall here.

Art House and Studio by Zen Architects

Sustainable Architecture and Heritage Architecture

Art House is an exploration in re-use, recycling and natural local materials reimagined through local craftsmanship. External weatherboards and Victorian detailing remained in-situ, Baltic pine floorboards, skirting boards, architraves, doors and windows were retained and re-used. Local artisans were engaged to install handmade creations throughout in natural, raw materials of concrete, timber and brass. Internal finishes are no or low toxicity, providing a healthy indoor environment that is comfortable year-round. [Seen in green magazine #72.]

Nightingale 2.0 by Six Degrees Architects

Sustainable Architecture and Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

Nightingale 2.0 in Fairfield is the second Nightingale Model-project to be completed and seeks to provide an exemplar high density residential environment. The design approach treats the site as an active vertical community – engaging with the street both at ground level and from above, and providing opportunity for the community to flourish. The building has zero fossil fuel use in operation, showcases sustainability initiatives and technologies and actively promotes ideas around community, shared spaces and sustainability.

The Victorian Architecture Awards will take place Friday 10 July from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. The program can be accessed here.

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