Several Brighton buildings have received recognition at the recent Bayside Built Environment Awards.
Five Brighton sites took out the majority of the awards, which recognise excellence in design, landscape and heritage restoration.
The coveted 2017 Best of the Best Award went to Rodney Eggleston’s March Studio, for his unique and conceptual design at 24 Victoria St, Brighton (pictured above and below).
The building also claimed the Most Creative Design award and the Best New Building Design award.
Judges described the building as “visually exciting, highly unusual” and “as much a sculpture as habitation”.
Bayside mayor Alex del Porto said the innovative work was an exemplary addition to Bayside’s built environment.
“Twenty-four Victoria St is a stand-out winner among a diverse and exceptional field of finalists,” he said.
The unusual design, which features wave-like cladding and an invitational feel, plays with the open seaside aspect and maximizes space and light.
Judges praised the sculptural form, and said: “Few new buildings provide intrigue and invoke query in the way that this building does, and it does it with skill, craftsmanship and confidence.”
Cr Del Porto said the awards were an important aspect for fostering excellence in design of the built environment in Bayside and surrounds.
“In addition to celebrating architecture, these awards are about respecting, encouraging and enhancing these qualities in Bayside and providing a stronger connection for the community to its city,” he said.
Other Brighton award-winners included:
- Best Renovation/Extension: High Commendation for 10 Collins St, Brighton – Dale Crowhurst, Crowhurst Building Design
- Best Medium Density Housing: Joint winners were 115 – 117 Dendy St, Brighton by David Doyle and Maria Catalano of 4d Architects and 2 Well St, Brighton by Kim Lowman of RotheLowman.
- Best Heritage Renovation or Restoration: 27 Wilson St, Brighton by Sarah Crowley Crowley Projects.