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Knox Design and Development Excellence Awards 2021

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

We’re inviting you to nominate projects that have been completed in the last two years (between 11 January 2019 and 31 December 2020). This is a great opportunity to acknowledge design and development excellence that encompasses innovation, functionality and sustainability. There is no cost to nominate.

Nominations close 28 February 2021.

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There are 7 award categories:

  • The Knox Award – Awarded to the overall outstanding project from all 2021 winners, as chosen by the judging panel
  • Local Living – Projects located in ‘village’ areas; these areas are generally within walking distance to key activity centres in Knox
  • Bush Suburb – Projects located in areas that have distinctive and significant biological and landscape values
  • Landscape – Projects that enhance the landscape and environmental values of natural areas in Knox
  • Knox Neighbourhood – Projects located in residential areas that embodies the Knox character of green and leafy streets
  • Industrial, Commercial and Institutional – This includes businesses, industries, hospitals and schools
  • Activity Areas – Projects located in key activity hubs, where people live, work and play

To find out more about Knox Housing Strategy 2015, click here. Refer to page 19 for the residential policy map.

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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