Victorian High Country winery takes out top national design awardChrismont Winery has taken out ta top design award. Photo: Porter Novelli

Victorian High Country winery takes out top national design award

An understated food and wine destination in Victoria’s High Country has taken out the top design award at a ceremony hosted by the National Association of Building Designers on Saturday.

The Chrismont winery in Cheshunt, between Mansfield and Wangaratta, is the work of MG Design & Building, which was briefed to design a “stand out” complex capitalising on the elevated site’s north facing King Valley views.

MG’s solution – a concrete, stone, wood and glass venue – has just been judged Australia’s Building Design of the Year by the NABD, which was established in 2013 and has state divisions representing more than 2700 members.

The Chrismont project includes a large, flexible venue space, wine storage facility and office, built near an existing guest house. To make the open-plan entertaining space work acoustically, MG director Mark Gleeson said a sound engineer had to install acoustic panels in ply ceilings.

The building consists of concrete, stone, wood and glass. Photo: Porter Novelli The building consists of concrete, stone, wood and glass. Photo: Porter Novelli

Completed in 2015, part of the Cheshunt hospitality project was funded by a $150,000 grant from the Victorian government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund – an initiative launched five years ago to support opportunity in regional and rural economies.

Chrismont picked up two other awards at the national award ceremony: Best New Commercial Design and Best Interior – Non Residential.

The project was partially funded by a grant from the Victorian Governmnet. Photo: Porter Novelli The project was partially funded by a grant from the Victorian Government. Photo: Porter Novelli

The prize for Best New Residential Design with a construction cost of more than $1 million went to Gary Keen Design for the Keane Street Residence project in Western Australia 

An accolade for the Best Renovation costing more than $800,000 went to Plantation House in Queensland. 

NRG Systems Winton Wetlands Hub – a function room and café with ranger’s office near Benalla, in Victoria, took out the national award for best public building.

The property is situated between Wangaratta and Mansfield. Photo: Porter Novelli The property is situated between Wangaratta and Mansfield. Photo: Porter Novelli

The environmentally friendly Artisan Apartments complex near the Yarra River in Heidelberg, about 13 kilometres north east of Melbourne, was deemed by the NABD to be the country’s best Multi Residential Design (over six dwellings).

Interestingly, the Victorian arm of the NABD (known as Building Designers Association Victoria) judged Heidelberg’s Artisan Apartments complex over Chrismont, to be the state’s 2016 Building Design of the Year. 

Also at the Victorian state ceremony, held in July, a Kangaroo Ground home recently purchased for about $1.5 million by AFL footballer Travis Cloke and his partner, fiancé, model Rebeccah Panozza, took out the People’s Choice Award.

The NABD said about half the winners announced at its national ceremony on October 1 were members of its association.

The full list of winners:

National Building Design of the Year 2016

MG Design & Building Pty Ltd for Chrismont Winery (Vic)

Best New Residential Design

Up to $500,000 construction cost

Maxa Design Pty Ltd for Culvert House, Trentham (Vic)

$500,000 to $1m construction cost

Chris Clout Design for Sunshine Villa (Qld)

Over $1m construction cost

Gary Keen Design for Keane Street Residence (WA)

Commendation: Vibe Design Group Pty Ltd for Sorrento House 1 (Vic)

Best Multi-Residential Design

Up to six dwellings

Cunningham Designs for Avon Street (Qld)

Over six dwellings

EME Design Limited Pty Ltd for Artisan Apartments (Vic)

Best Small Lot Design

Principal Plans for The Cove (Qld)

Best Small Dwelling Design – up to 150sqm

BKD Design for Dudes Ranch (Qld)

Best Alteration/Addition – Residential Design:

Up to $350,000

Janik Dalecki for Stuart Street (WA)

Commendation: Fusion Building Design for Osborn Residence (Qld)

$350,000 – $800,000

Dig Design for Agnes 4 (Vic)

Over $800,000 construction cost

Chris Clout Design for Plantation House (Qld)

Best New/Alteration/Addition Design

Commercial

MG Design & Building Pty Ltd for Chrismont Winery (Vic)

Commendation: Crosier Scott & Associates for Ballarat Construction Management  Headquarters (Vic)

Industrial

McMech Drafting Services for proposed warehouse development

Public building

NRG Systems Pty Ltd for Winton Wetlands Hub (Vic)

Commendation: Chris Renehan for Katherine Museum (NT) 

Best Heritage Design

Peter Jackson Design Pty Ltd for Dilkusha (Vic)

Best Sustainable Design

EME Design Limited Pty Ltd for Artisan Apartments (Vic)

Best Interior Design

Residential

JFK Design Landscape/Buildings/Interiors for Taking it to the Bank (Vic)

Commendation: Melbourne Design Studios Pty Ltd for Waltham Jewel (Vic)

Non Residential

MG Design & Building Pty Ltd for Chrismont Winery (Vic)

Commendation: Crosier Scott & Associates for BCM Headquarters (Vic)

Best Special Project Design

StruXi Design Pty Ltd for MKC Roma Truck Wash

Commendation: Attic Salt for Food Circus (WA)

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