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UDIA (NT) 2017 AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

UDIA (NT) has now released an "Intent to Enter" document (click here to access) which provides information on the deadline for advising your intent to enter our 2017 Awards (Friday March 17th), as well as timelines for receipt of final project submissions, judging and the annoucement of this year's winning projects on Friday September 22nd.

2017 Awards for Excellence Categories

Please note that to be eligible, projects must be substantially completed by 30 June 2017.  The 2017 categories are:

  1. Masterplanned Development
  2. Residential Development
  3. Medium Density Housing
  4. High Density Housing
  5. Urban Renewal
  6. Environmental Excellence
  7. Affordable Housing
  8. Affordable Development
  9. Seniors Living
  10. Innovation in development (this is not a national award category)

 

UDIA (NT) 2016 AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE 

Our Northern Territory Award categories for 2016 were:

⦁ High Density Development
⦁ Environmental Excellence
⦁ Masterplanned Development and
⦁ Innovation in Development.

Our Judging Panel for the 2016 Awards was:

The Hon Gary Nairn, Chairman Northern Territory Planning Commission; and Tony Cox, Manager, Clouston Associates Darwin

Our 2016 finalists were (note that several projects were finalists in multiple categories):

Tech Tower (The Tomazos Group) -. a nine-storey mixed-use apartment complex in the Darwin CBD comprising of a ground floor commercial office tenancy and ninety, 1, 2 and 3 Bedroom residential apartments. The apartments all offer views via spacious open-air balconies and facilitate an affordable, attractive city lifestyle. Amenities include a luxury lap pool, decked pool area, communal BBQ facilities and amenity rooms and a fully equipped gymnasium.

The building exhibits exemplary, affordable and futuristic urban design for residential and commercial space in central Darwin. Features include the architectural form of the building, use of modern construction methods and materials and the curved shape form and lighting display on the north and south exterior facades of the building.

The Asche Duplex (Defence Housing Australia) – demonstrating a new, innovative approach to architect designed homes that can support more compact and sustainable living in the future, the duplex occupies a 675 square metre block and the homes incorporate innovative design techniques and materials that supplement the energy efficiency provided by a solar-powered system.

Passive design principles include the orientation of the house, high ceilings with louvered windows and the strategic placement of rooms to encourage cross-ventilation and reduce dependency on air-conditioning. Light coloured building materials with a low thermal mass have been incorporated into the construction of the homes.

A variety of indoor and outdoor spaces have been created to cater for easy migration around the homes. Wide opening doors integrate the living spaces to create an adaptable floor plan that adjusts to individual needs. A downstairs day-bed provides a cool place for resting, and easily transitions into an additional room for guests. There are two large bedrooms upstairs with louvered windows and high ceilings, offering both a functional yet aesthetically pleasing space.

H105 (Halikos) - Incorporating a hotel at ground level and 136 high quality apartments over seventeen levels, H105 is a contemporary and modern hotel and apartment complex delivering incredible views of Darwin and its harbour. The project was completed in July 2015.

Innovative features of the building include creative disguise of three storeys of car parking behind a striking perforated metal feature screen which reflects the sky as the light changes throughout the day; specialized building materials; and a unique framing system and building techniques. Air conditioning systems are hidden from view on the roof or in carpark levels, through use of innovative technology.

The podium level incorporates an entertainment/recreational area which includes a pool and modern well equipped gymnasium.

Zuccoli Stage 1 (Urbex and the Land Development Corporation) - established in 2012, the Urbex and Land Development Corporation partnership aimed to design a community which would provide a contemporary lifestyle in a natural environment, featuring large open spaces and a village feel. Its design acknowledges our tropical climate and includes a diverse and affordable range of living choices for first home owners and low income earners.

Lots are positioned to maximise solar orientation, capture breezes and provide views to retained bushland and parklands. Other features of the suburb include strong pedestrian connectivity, tree-lined streets, natural water ways, parkland and a display village complete with demonstration homes. Work has also commenced on the construction of Zuccoli Plaza, a village shopping centre incorporating 14 shops including an IGA supermarket, gym, medical centre, chemist and coffee shop.

2016 NT Winners

High Density Development sponsored by nbn

Breezes Muirhead

In the high density development category the winning project, the Halikos H105 development in Mitchell Street, was described by judges as “…a well designed and constructed building with the layout of the commercial tenancy providing great flexibility and functionality. The design provides for a mix of apartments and “two-keyed” apartments, also resulting in great flexibility and finishes are of a high standard.”

The judges were also impressed with the Tomazos entry, Tech Tower, a nine-storey mixed-use apartment complex in the Darwin, stating “…there a number of excellent qualities of this development including the overall architectural design; the common area of the pool and gym; and the efficient use of space in the various floor plans.” Tech Tower was awarded a Certificate of Merit.

Breezes Muirhead


 

Environmental Excellence sponsored by the Land Development Corporation

Breezes Muirhead

This year’s award for Environmental excellence went to the Asche Duplex at Muirhead, entered by Defence Housing Australia. The Asche Duplex, designed by Troppo Architects, demonstrates a new, innovative approach to architect designed homes that can support more compact and sustainable living in the future. The duplex occupies a 675 square metre block and the homes incorporate innovative design techniques and materials that supplement the energy efficiency provided by a solar-powered system.

The siting of the two dwellings maximises airflows through them, minimising the need for air conditioning and also utilises the land area very efficiently, giving the impression that they are sited on a much larger block. In addition, the use of non-conventional materials, such as for walls and flooring, will ensure long-term durability and sustainability.


 

Masterplanned Development sponsored by Defence Housing Australia

Breezes Muirhead

The Masterplanned development category was won by the Zuccoli Stage 1 greenfield development in Palmerston.

Established in 2012, the partnership between Urbex and the Land Development Corporation aimed to design a community which would provide a contemporary lifestyle in a natural environment, featuring large open spaces and a village feel. Its design acknowledges Darwin’s tropical climate and includes a diverse and affordable range of living choices for first home owners and low income earners. Lots are positioned to maximise solar orientation, capture breezes and provide views to retained bushland and parklands.

Judges commented “The planning of Zuccoli has taken advantage of the topography thus maximising aspects for the residential, commercial and recreational areas. The park adjacent to the commercial area is of particular relevance in that regard, and is well planned, designed and built. In Masterplanning Zuccoli the developer has managed the relationship with the Land Development Corporation well, creating a very good public/private partnership for the benefit of the ultimate urban form.”


Innovation in Development sponsored by Venture Housing Company Limited

Breezes Muirhead

The Asche duplex project was also successful in winning the inaugural innovation in development award. Judges commented “…considerable innovation in design has gone into this duplex particularly with the layout on a relatively small lot. The many positive features noted in the Environmental Excellence category also apply here. Added to those are innovative features such as the wide opening doors to the third bedroom and the “outside” shower.”

The 2016 Award Winning Northern Territory projects are now finalists in the relevant 2016 National Awards program.  Winners of the National Awards will be announced at a Gala Dinner to be held in Perth during April 2017.


UDIA (NT) 2015 AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE 

Following the successful introduction of a development industry Awards program in the Northern Territory during 2014, we offered five Northern Territory Award categories in 2015:

  • High Density Development
  • Environmentally Excellence
  • Affordable Development
  • Medium Density Development
  • Masterplanned Development

Our Judging Panel for the 2015 Awards was:

The Hon Gary Nairn, Chairman Northern Territory Planning Commission; and Tony Cox, Manager, Clouston Associates Darwin

Our 2015 finalists were (note that several projects were finalists in multiple categories):

The Kube (The Tomazos Group) - an innovative mixed-use high density residential development in the heart of Darwin city, which also incorporates commercial space on the ground floor. The building includes seven levels of two and three bedroom apartments and three levels of basement parking and is designed with the intent of providing a dynamic home and office environment that sets a new benchmark for the CBD.

Breezes Muirhead (Defence Housing Australia) - a masterplanned residential development that sets new standards for social, economic and environmental sustainability in Darwin.  Born from the need for Defence Housing, Breezes has been an opportunity to push the boundaries of residential land subdivision practices through a number of trials, partnerships and concepts. Sustainable Eco Townhouses Johnston

Eco Townhouses (The Tomazos Group), designed with the use of Environmentally Sustainable Design principles to provide a sustainable, modern lifestyle solution for individuals and families.  The planning and design of this development ensures the environmental integrity of the site is maintained; elevated construction ensures a minimal ground footprint and unobstructed site drainage, extensive revegetation to create cooler micro climates (thus reducing the need for artificial cooling) and passive design principles used extensively in the planning of residences.

Driver Avenue Affordable Housing Project (Venture Housing Company Limited).  Venture’s project at 69 Driver Avenue, Driver (in Palmerston) comprises 20 detached elevated and single-storey dwellings designed as a grouped living model centred around a common produce garden to develop community interaction, engagement and passive security/safety. The development activates its extensive frontage to Driver Avenue and maximises the dual benefit of passive overlooking of the open space reserve at the rear.

Artique Residence (The Makrylos Group) - a boutique apartment project, comprising of 19 two bedroom plus study apartments in a five-storey architecturally designed building, offering panoramic views from every apartment over the Darwin foreshore, Frances Bay Marina, parklands and the magnificent city skyline of Darwin.

Parks Apartments Johnston (The Tomazos Group), delivered to the Palmerston suburb of Johnston in 2015 as the first high-density residential complex in the neighbourhood.  With a vision to set the benchmark for affordable apartment living in the Top End, architects and builders worked in unison to construct a resort-style complex of 51 two- and three-bedroom apartments split among five separate pods of three levels.  The innovative placement of each ‘pod’ offers each apartment with opportunities to views facing out from the site.  This arrangement subsequently creates a central, active communal amenity area in the centre.

 

2015 NT Winners

  

High Density Development sponsored by NAB

The Kube DarwinThe Kube Darwin - an innovative mixed-use high density residential development in the heart of Darwin city, which also incorporates commercial space on the ground floor. The building includes seven levels of two- and three-bedroom apartments and three levels of basement parking and is designed with the intent of providing a dynamic home and office environment that sets a new benchmark for the CBD. The development provides a modern and ergonomic lifestyle for Darwin residents and has rehabilitated an under-developed streetscape into an appealing place to live and work. The design connects the city, neighbourhood and the climate in a way that enables the development to meet community expectations. The open plan apartment designs, sun shading, light colour palettes, light voids/atriums and insulation combine to achieve a distinctive energy rating.


Environmental Excellence sponsored by the Land Development Corporation

Breezes Muirhead

Breezes Muirhead - a masterplanned residential development that sets new standards for social, economic and environmental sustainability in Darwin. Born from the need for Defence Housing, Breezes has been an opportunity to push the boundaries of residential land subdivision practices through a number of trials, partnerships and concepts. At an environmental level, Breezes throws out traditional urban design concepts in favour of a new tropical concept – the Breezeway. The Breezeway concept involves the re-orientation of subdivision and dwellings to capture and funnel prevailing breezes. Developed in consultation with local builders, the complimentary Breezes Muirhead Design Guidelines educate buyers on good tropical design basics as they design their home. The Breezeway concept will be forever embedded in the community, and all open spaces and residents benefit from the increased breeze capture for their lifetime. In conjunction with a project-wide tree canopy, the breezes will encourage increased community interaction, use of parks and open spaces year-wide.


 Affordable Development sponsored by The Heights Durack

Driver Venture Housing’s project at 69 Driver Avenue, Driver (in Palmerston) comprises 20 detached elevated and single-storey dwellings designed as a grouped living model centred around a common produce garden to develop community interaction, engagement and passive security/safety. The development activates its extensive frontage to Driver Avenue and maximises the dual benefit of passive overlooking of the open space reserve at the rear. The project is an infill site within an established residential environment and significantly contributes to the local area as a central activity node (linking retail, education and the existing neighbourhood). This, therefore, involves an ongoing interface with the adjoining school, Palmerston City Council, Police and others given the context of the locality and its role with respect to children, after-hours public access (shopping centre car ark etc.) and how the development and its community can add to passive security and activation of the local area while also improving on the general streetscape. The development is a medium density project that maximises site yield as a highest and best use approach and the design was fully compliant with the existing zoning (Palmerston City Council).


Medium Density Development sponsored by Defence Housing Australia

Artique“Artique” - a boutique apartment project, comprising of 19 two-bedroom plus study apartments in a five-storey architecturally designed building, offering panoramic views from every apartment across the Darwin foreshore, Frances Bay Marina, parklands and the magnificent city skyline of Darwin. The exterior of the building has been designed to capture prevailing breezes, promote light, shadow and texture and provide connectivity with the streetscape. High-set aluminium awnings and oversized roof eaves have been used to minimise solar access, and louvred windows used throughout the development, assist with breeze penetration. The interiors of the apartments are of contemporary, timeless architecture and design, that provide a seamless interface between the indoor and outdoor areas, together with the use of high quality finishes such as granite, marble and glass, create an unparalleled standard of city living.


 Masterplanned Development sponsored by SMEC

Breezes MuirheadBreezes Muirhead sets a new standard for masterplanned communities in the Northern Territory. From the project’s inception, Breezes has aimed to deliver a climatically and socially responsive development with life-long benefits to the community. Breezes Muirhead was masterplanned to meet the specific needs of Top End families, with a focus on sustainability, open green space and delivering a cohesive and vibrant community that enjoys strong connectivity to neighbouring suburbs. Conveniently located just 14km from the Darwin CBD and commanding nearly 170ha in the city’s prestigious northern suburbs, Breezes Muirhead is a place like no other. It’s an address where stylish living and true sustainability meet within a lush and beautiful setting of tree-shaded streets and green parks, all enhanced by a calendar brimming with community events. Breezes was conceived with environmental and social benefits at heart. The project throws out the traditional urban design model in favour of pioneering the innovative Breezeway design. As with the pilot Breezeway project, the masterplan layout is oriented to capture prevailing winds and breezes to reduce the energy consumption of home cooling, and encourage outdoor activity and social integration through innovative design features.


 

The five 2015 Award Winning Northern Territory projects were finalists in the 2016 National Awards program, with winners  announced at a Gala Dinner held in Adelaide on the evening of Thursday March 10th.  Significantly, and despite intense competition from excellent medium density projects from around Australia, the Makrylos Group's "Artique" development in Stuart Park became  the Northern Territory's first ever national award winner in any category.  UDIA (NT) congratulates Michael and Gina Makrylos for this milestone achievement.

For further information on our Awards program please contact UDIA (NT) on 0457 882 793 or at ceo@udiant.com.au .