Melbourne School of Design architects win international green design award

October 14 / 145

Melbourne School of Design. Photo (and teaser) by John Gollings
Melbourne School of Design. Photo (and teaser) by John Gollings
The architects behind the University’s new Melbourne School of Design building have been recognised for their work on the project at the inaugural Green Good Design awards.

The awards celebrate international design projects promoting a sustainable environment and are a joint initiative of the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

The MSD building was the only Australian building to receive this award, out of 34 winners worldwide.

The $129 million, 15,700sqm building has also previously been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Design – Education v1 Rating, and is the only building to be awarded all 10 Green Star innovation points. 

The state-of-the-art building was designed by Melbourne practice John Wardle Architects in collaboration with leading US architecture firm NADAAA, ranked number one in the 2014 Architect's top 50 design firms in America.

Professor Tom Kvan, Dean of the University’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, praised the design team’s success in achieving the international award.

“Our intent with the building was to demonstrate the effectiveness of good design and the procurement and delivery of a benchmark building in a sustainable campus,” he said.

“This award affirms our success in achieving this goal.”

Stephen Georgalas, Project Architect at John Wardle Architects said his firm was honoured to receive this prestigious award.

“From the outset of the project we have worked with NADAAA, building consultants Umow Lai and other members of the design team to incorporate best practice environmentally sustainable design principles into the new MSD building.

“We are grateful for the full support received from the University of Melbourne, Brookfield Multiplex Constructions and the consultant team to enable the building to receive both the Green Good Design Award and to achieve the 6 Star Green Star Design rating for the building,” he said

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