The Commons was selected as the overall winner for its innovative approach to design resulting in apartments that are generous, simple, affordable and sustainable.

"This is a completely new and innovative approach to apartment block design and construction and will set a benchmark for others to follow", remarked Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia, who manages the awards on behalf of the Victorian Government.

The design strategy was to build a vertical community where residents share rooftop gardens, solar hot water, electricity generation systems, roof top laundry, bike parking and communal beehives.

Images in gallery above from 2014 Winner - The Commons

The Judges commented: "The Commons is beautifully designed to allow us to experience living the future - working prototype for urban living."

The design of The Commons has been a catalyst for bringing together socially responsible individuals who are now striving to give back not only to their neighbours but also to improve their broader community.

Six Best in Category Awards Winners

Architectural Design - The Commons

Communication Design - Think Ahead - Exhibition about Imagining the Future at Scienceworks

Design Strategy -  Quirkii Paper Products

Digital Design -  Better Ways to Bank

Product Design - Minbie

Service Design - Smart Blocks

Dr Gien noted that "The design projects featured in this year's Premier's Design Awards re-affirm the international calibre and diversity of Victoria's design and creative sector."

The annual awards program celebrates the very best of Victorian design and innovation and provides a unique platform for Victorian designers and businesses to showcase their best work to a national and international audience. The program attracted an exemplary standard of submissions for 2014 that highlight the breadth and diversity of design, creativity and innovation currently flourishing in Victoria.