Designer Shannon Johns and architect Gerard Brandrick are thrilled with their Building Designers Association Victoria design awards.REBECCA KERR July 30, 2014 3:01am
Architect Gerard Brandrick and designer Shannon Johns were happily surprised to win two awards at Building Designers Association Victoria design awards in Melbourne on Saturday.
Brandrick Architects took out the award for Non Residential Design, New Project and Excellence in the Use of Glass for their work on the Peat Partners building on Percy St, Echuca.
The pair had no idea how many other entries they were up against and had not expected to win.
‘‘We weren’t going to go until the last couple of weeks and then we thought we better go. It was worth going,’’ Mr Johns said.
The building itself is in a prominent place, opposite the Echuca-Moama bridge and offers a contemporary contrast while complementing its surroundings.
The east side of the building is predominately glass to allow for excess natural light during the day and views of the Murray River.
The building has a two glass layers to allow for practical energy consumption; the outer glass skin which shields the inner glazed windows from excessive heat.
‘‘The building has a full footprint of 600 square metres, they were in an office space of 260 square metres.
‘‘So they’ve gone up to 600 square metres and the energy consumption is pretty much the same,’’ Mr Johns said.
Mr Johns said they worked closely with the clients to create an open space and encourage connectedness between the two levels.
The project took about six months of planning and eight months for the build.
The Ecotecture Design Group were also nominated for the Non Residential Design, New Project category on the night for the Moama Physiotherapy and Pilates Studio, Meninya St, Moama.
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