2017 – Building Designers Awards

Overall Winner Design Excellence Award

Air Residence – Gerard Smith

New Residential Buildings
251 to 350 sqm and over $2000/sqm

Presented with a design brief to make best use of the suburban beachside position with a family home that will meet the changing needs of its owners as their young children grow. Gerard Smith of Gerard Smith Design has conceived a home design that is creative and elegant.

Redefining seamless connection with the outdoors and incorporating passive solar design principals throughout the building. The spaces were designed to be filled with light and air, whilst providing privacy for the occupants and in the views of the escarpment and beach (across the adjacent reserve).

The outcome is a high quality, value for money home that functions well to meet the client’s needs, enhances the enjoyment of living and has good aesthetic appeal.

Paul Dass Memorial Award

PK’s House – Trina Rowston

The design inspiration for this residence came from observing the native birds perched in the towering angophora. Ultimately it is a home for the occupants and a haven for the natural fauna and flora. The views are magnificent; the trees soar with the home and create dialogues with the featured recycled timber in the home collected by the owner over a lifetime.

The design does not disturb the natural flow of water down the steep slopes but enhances it and allows the owners to live and hear and observe the water as it descends. Facing north, the home captures abundant natural sunlight and ocean views. The glas stairwell allows the occupants do descend while feeling they are immersed in the rainforest.

The Japanese custom of bathing with separate wet and dry areas was integrated into the design of the bathhouse that stands alone and balanced amongst the trees, separated from the dry area by a stair bridge. the design solution resulted in an environmentally sustainable home that cascades down the slope in seperate pavilions that are all linked and aloft on steel poles highlighted with recycled timber features.

Chris Reardon Memorial Award for residential sustainable buildings

The Straw Bale House – Miranda Corkin

The client’s brief for the unique family home included three to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, a mudroom, laundry/drying room, media room, open loft and wood fire.

Light, open, stylish and contemporary with a fun, playful factor were characteristics to be incorporated, with adaptability for teenager spaces and elderly relatives.

Additional features include a large garage and optimised storage. Sensitive to its bush environment, the residence needed to be economical to build, both financially and environmentally, and incorporate sustainable energy, thermal and water saving systems.

New residential buildings
up to 250 sqm and under $2000/sqm


Bruce Condell
Jake’s House

New residential buildings
up to 250 sqm and over $2000/sqm


Debra & Antony Turner
Grevillea II

New residential buildings
251 to 350 sqm and under $2000/sqm


Gerard Bisshop
Coorabell Residence

New residential buildings
251 to 350 sqm and over $2000/sqm


Gerard Smith
Air Residence


Trina Rowston
PK’s House

New residential buildings
351 to 450 sqm and under $2000/sqm


Glenn Sewell
Old Brewery Residence


Jamie Harris
Norah Head Residence

New residential buildings
351 to 450 sqm and over $2000/sqm


Peter Downes
The Wave House

New residential buildings
over 450 sqm and under $2000/sqm


Melanie Symington
Cartwright Residence

New residential buildings
over 450 sqm and over $2000/sqm


Adam Hobill
Forrest Residence


Darren Evans
Lysterfield South Residence

Winning Design Magazine

BDA Australia is proud to announce the National Design Awards Winning Design commemorative annual magazine ha released The 2017 edition, electronic book, turning page version.

PLEASE CLICK the front page image at left to view.

Please note: 2017 Winning Design Magazine hard copies are available from the BDA Australia Office in Newcastle.

A full presentation of all the Winning Designs is being developed and will soon be available to view through this page – in the interim please CLICK HERE to view or download a full list of all the 2017 BDA Australia National Design Award Winners.