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2019 Sustainability Awards finalists revealed

Across 17 categories the finalists have been revealed for the 2019 Sustainability Awards, take a look at the entries that have made the cut.

2019 Sustainability Awards finalists revealed

Elemental House by Ben Callery Architects

The finalists for the 2019 Sustainability Awards have been announced, and from a field of nearly 168 initial entries, we now have 64 eminently worthy finalists ready for our Gala Night on November 7 at The Star in Sydney.

In general terms, this year there were a few things that we added that in some ways had a significant effect on the outcome of the final mix of the shortlist.

You can see the full list of the finalists here.

This year was a milestone in many ways. Firstly, it’s our 13th awards, no mean feat for an industry that has seen more closures than anniversaries in the past decade. Then there is the issue of the number of categories in 2019 – 17 to be precise, which is the highest we have ever hosted for the Sustainability Awards.

Our other structural improvement to the awards is our judging panels. This year we have opted for 10 outstanding and high-experienced judges that we know will pick the very best entries from what is a stunning field to say the least.

Kinley Cricket Club by Winter Architecture

Best Adaptive Reuse

Kinley Cricket ClubWinter Architecture

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School – BVN

Commercial Architecture (Large)

Arup Melbourne Workplace HASSELL in partnership with ArupArup

Axle at South Eveleigh – Mirvac

Collaborative Sydney workspace  – Gensler

Mount Mulligan Lodge – Dubois

Visy Essendon FieldsA1 Office

Commercial Architecture (Small)

Dales of Derby – Philip M Dingemanse

Kinley Cricket Club – Winter Architecture

Workspace Transformation – A1 Office

A. B. Patterson College

Education & Research

A.B. Paterson College’s: The Winton Centre – A.B. Paterson College

Beaumaris North Primary School – ARKit

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Architectus

Highton Child and Family Centre – Brand Architects

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School – BVN

Emerging Architect / Designer of the Year

Emily Wombwell – SJB

Oliver Steele – Steele Associates

HY William Chan’s ‘Refugees as Architects of Their City and Future’ TED talk opened TEDxYouth 2019. Photography by Visionair Media.

Future Sustainability Leader

HY William ChanCOX

Kaylie Salvatori – Arcadia Landscape Architecture

Oliver Steele – Steele Associates


Green Building Material of the Year

‘Off the Grid’ – Carbon Neutral, Cradle to Cradle commercial carpet – Shaw Contract

Hydrowood – Hydrowood

Wise by Amorim – Market Timbers

Welcome to the Jungle by CplusC Architectural Workshop

Intelligent Building

Mirvac’s South Eveleigh Building – Mirvac Constructions

Welcome to The Jungle House – CplusC Architectural Workshop

Parliament of Victoria Annexe by TCL

Landscape & Biophilia

B-Line Commuter Car Park Manly Vale – Transport for NSW

Bendigo Botanic Gardens Garden for the Future By TCL (Taylor Cullity Lethlean) and Paul Thompson with Peter Elliott Architecture – TCL

Biophilic Design for the City of Hope Eco Housing – Schimminger Architects

Parliament of Victoria Members Annexe By Peter Elliott Architecture and Urban Design and TCL (Taylor Cullity Lethlean) – TCL

The Common at West Village – Sekisui House Australia

Torhaven Ephemeral Wetland – Defence Housing Australia

Multiple Dwelling

Cirque Mount Pleasant – Stirling Capital

Clifton Hill Terraces – Field Office Architecture

Nightingale 2.0 – collaboration between Six Degrees Architects and Hip v Hype Sustainability – Six Degrees Architecture

The Fern – Australia’s First Passivhaus Apartments – Steele Associates

VIEW – Fuse Architecture

West Village One – Sekisui House Australia

Bruny Island by Ecoshelta

Prefab & Modular

Blue Mountains CLT Studio – Design King Company

Bruny Island – Ecoshelta


Mullum Creek House – Habitech Systems

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School – BVN

South Cres – ARKit

Rooftop Farm by Mirvac

Public & Urban

Bendigo Hospital – Exemplar Health

Emanuel Synagogue – Lippmann Associates

Yerrabingin Indigenous Rooftop Farm – Mirvac

Single Dwelling (Alteration or Addition)

Imprint House – Anderson Architecture

Lilyfield House – studio203

Palmyra II – Turner

The Tree House – Adapt Architecture

Elemental House by Ben Callery Architects

Single Dwelling (New)

Biophilia – Slate House Northcote – Melbourne Design Studios (MDS)

Elemental House – Ben Callery Architects

Ferry Road – Anderson Architecture

Fundamental House – Sandbox Studio

GOODHOUSE 13 – Goodhouse

House 4 at City of Hope Eco Housing – Schimminger Architects

Owl Woods Passive House – Talina Edwards Architecture

Welcome to The Jungle House – CplusC Architectural Workshop

Waste Elimination

Carpets Inter EcoSoft carpet tiles – Carpets Inter / Above Left

Seagrass stimulation integrated System – COLUMBUS Group

Women in Sustainability

Amanda Visser – The Star Entertainment Group

Helen King – Renewal SA

Natasha Mulcahy – Sekisui House Australia

Sandra Furtado – Furtado Sullivan


Lastly, this year’s jurist’s panel has what many would consider being the perfect mix: unmatchable expertise combined with scintillating intellect, all in a group of people that are diverse in their outlook, experience and also understanding of what are the crucial elements across the entire sustainable built environment.

It is also as a first for our judging panel, we have managed to surpass gender parity, a reflection of not only our determination to ensure a level of societal fairness and true equity in our panel, but also an indication of the talent and sheer skill of many women who are making enormous contributions to sustainability in the built environment. It is a template and a forerunner of what these awards will deliver in the future.

Getting back to the finalists, this year will be remembered as one where the finalists were of a calibre that was both highly impressive and yet also diverse and some would say, non-conforming. These are very rare qualities to have all at the same time, showing the ever-increasing depth and scope of what we now consider as being sustainable design across the entire spectrum of the built environment.

Lastly, the 2019 Sustainability Awards would not be possible without the invaluable support provided to us by our wonderful sponsors: Hyne TimberHPKnaufJames HardieTechnical Protection SystemsEquitoneStormtechWeathertexAtlantis , Zip IndustriesAbove Left and Interface.

To buy tickets to the 2019 Sustainability Awards Gala Night and/or Sustainability Live, click here.

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