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Knox Design and Development Excellence Awards 2021

Celebrating outstanding design and development that enhances Knox’s built environment.

Nominations open between 25 January – 28 February 2021


We’re inviting you to nominate projects that have been completed in the last two years (between 2019-2020). This is a great opportunity to acknowledge design and development excellence that encompasses innovation, functionality and sustainability. There is no cost to nominate.

There are 7 award categories:

  • The Knox Award
  • Local Living
  • Bush Suburb
  • Landscape
  • Knox Neighbourhood
  • Industrial, Commercial and Institutional
  • Activity Areas

2019 Winners and Commendations

Local Living - Award of Excellence category


George Costas from Costas Constructions won this award for his housing development at 5 Railway Parade, Bayswater. The rhythmic arrangement of townhouses exemplifies sensitive site planning in response to the sloping corner and complements surrounding lush native landscape.

Local Living – Commendation


Cameron Bloomfield from Dovetail Designs was acknowledged for his Charlotte’s Mews development at 14 Adele Avenue, Ferntree Gully. The contemporary expression of the dwelling design and the inventive site planning is representative of Knox Local Living.

Railway Parade, Bayswater
Figure 1. Local Living - Award of Excellence
5 Railway Parade, Bayswater
Charlotte's Mews - Adele Ave, Mountain Gate (Ferntree Gully)
Figure 2. Local Living - Commendation
Charlotte's Mews, 14 Adele Avenue, Ferntree Gully.

Activity Areas – Commendation


Peter Brown Architects was recognised for his Belle Apartments development at 198B Dorset Road, Boronia. The approachable form comprising of a rhythmic arrangement of floating geometric elements complements the urban surroundings in the heart of Boronia.

Activity Areas – Commendation


iWolff was acknowledged for their Knoxia Apartment development at 456 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South. The 6-storey building features a bespoke horizontal and vertical façade effects, and the frontage tapers down to the residential surrounds. The development includes an internal court space and outlying transitional double storey townhouses.

Belle Apartments, 198B Boronia Rd, Boronia
Figure 3. Activity Areas - Commendation
Belle Apartments, 198B Dorset Road, Boronia
Knoxia Apartments, Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South
Figure 4. Activity Areas - Commendation
Knoxia Apartments, 456 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South

Industrial, Commercial and Institutional – Award of Excellence, and The Knox Award


Peter Ryan Architects and OCULUS Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, won two awards for their design of Caribbean Park (Stage 2), 40-44 Lakeview Drive, Scoresby. This sustainable development seamlessly integrates internal and external spaces between the freestanding mid-rise office buildings and high amenity open space to reflect the modern ‘work-life-amenity’ balance.

Landscape – Commendation


Benjamin Gilbert was acknowledged for his playful Sunflower pavilion design at Tim Neville Arboretum, Francis Crescent, Ferntree Gully. Inspired by the natural form of a sunflower ‘seed head’, this intricately crafted structure has become a landmark in Knox.

Caribbean Park (Stage 2).  40-44 Lakeview Drive, Scoresby
Figure 5. Industrial, Commercial and Institutional - Award of Excellence
Caribbean Park (Stage 2), 40-44 Lakeview Drive, Scoresby
Sunflower pavilion at Tim Neville Arboretum, Ferntree Gully
Figure 6. Landscape - Commendation
Sunflower pavilion, Tim Neville Arboretum, Ferntree Gully

Key dates

  • 25 January 2021 - Nominations open
  • 28 February 2021 - Nominations close
  • June 2021 - Winners announced

About the awards

Knox Council founded the biennial Knox Design and Development Excellence Awards in 2019 to celebrate and acknowledge outstanding work in the design and building industry that contributes to better outcomes in our built environment.

These awards are part of Knox Council’s commitment in working with the community and industry to improve design and development outcomes in our municipality.

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