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Best Response to a Design Brief by a Student

09 Oct 2008

TAFE students were requested to create a modern contemporary Australian commercial building using sustainable design principles, to be leased to two high profile corporate tenants. The design was to have two floors of office space, each being an independent tenancy, as well as a ground floor communal area, plus carpark.

The Judges were extremely impressed with the high standard of entries in the Student competition.

The winning entry was the unanimous choice of the judging panel based on its display of an exciting, innovative but practical solution to the set design brief. All aspects of the design brief were thoroughly researched. This was then transferred into a cohesive, functional building fulfilling the need to provide for ground floor parking, entrance and two upper floors of office space.

Despite the confines of the inner suburban site, this entry showed an adaptable design that provided an interesting street front entrance, full accessibility for the public and including disabled persons access and facilities. It also provided well thought-out resolution of provision of natural light and ventilation to all areas of the building utilising the northerly aspect of the site.

The structure was well resolved in the use of precast insulated concrete wall panels and use of proprietary hollow core precast concrete floor panels for the upper levels together with prefabricated insulated roofing panels. As required in the design brief, the roof was used as a source of water supply for the office space.

The built form presented a practical and interesting entrance which helped to highlight this building within the street.

The winner was able to clearly enunciate the compliance of the design with the Building Code requirements for this class of building. His previous research facilitated a clear explanation of the design concepts which were then presented in a comprehensive presentation package.

The judges also observed that the standard appears to be improving each year. “The variety of computer programs used to produce the completed entries is an indication of how far computer generation has developed for all building projects,” said Kevin Slater, a Past President of the BDAV and chair of the Student Judging. “Most of the entries clearly displayed great skills in this area of their work. Given that the competition is only announced to the students at the commencement of their second year of studies, and with the entries closing at in May, it is quite remarkable to see the finished entries by that stage of the year,” added Kevin.

The Winners

The winners were:
First Place: Steve Slaveski (student at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE)
Second Place: Crystal O'Dea (student at Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE)
Third Place: Jack Ryan, (student at RMIT University's School of Design (TAFE)

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