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.
Architectural Design - The Commons
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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.
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