Two Victoria seniors’ developments pick up Good Design Awards

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A retirement village clubhouse and an apartment building designed for older Australians have won in the Good Design Awards’ Architectural Design Commercial and Residential category.

A gold award went to the clubhouse at Lifestyle Communities’ Mount Duneed village (pictured above), designed in partnership with DKO Architecture, which replaced a previous clubhouse that was “small, dark, closed-in, and barely used”. The new, more open design has more of a communal focus, and takes inspiration from local Aboriginal artwork of people gathered around a watering hole.

Avenue Rise Apartments in Camberwell (pictured right), designed by Hayball and built by Flux by Figurehead for developer Longevity Group Australia, is a development with eleven three-bedroom luxury apartments built according to the Liveable Housing Guidelines, and designed to allow residents to age in place. It won a Good Design Award, with the jury calling it “a commendable solution to the provision of quality housing that allows people to live and age well in the comfort of not just a home but a community”.

Best in class for the category went to the Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service Newman Clinic Healthcare Hub in Newman, WA.

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