Creative thinking wins CSR Cemintel™ 9 Dots Awards 2015

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10 September 2015
9 Dots Award Professional Winner: Emma Eady – The Urbanest.

Bold designs that prioritise community living while balancing the functional, aesthetic and privacy considerations of medium density housing were key trends to emerge from the winners and finalists in this year’s CSR Cemintel™ 9 Dots Awards.

Each year, the CSR Cemintel 9 Dots Awards ask candidates to reimagine the architectural possibilities around urban living. This year, applicants were set the challenge of designing an inner city housing development that rethinks the current format of affordable housing in today’s dense urban sprawl.

“In the awards 4th year, we really challenged designers to think differently about urban design – and we haven’t been disappointed,” says CSR Cemintel Marketing Manager, Ben Thompson.
“The submissions showcased product applications that we have never seen before and demonstrated real consideration for how design can transform the way city dwellers interact with residential and commercial spaces,” says Mr Thompson.

This year's 9 Dots Award winners are:

9 Dots Award Professional Winner:
Emma Eady – The Urbanest

9 Dots Award Professional Runner Up:
Andreas Hahn – The Right Fit

9 Dots Award Student Winner:
Dinel Meyepa – Community Benefit

The judging panel, consisting of Sacha Coles, Director of ASPECT studios, Melonie Bayl-Smith, Director of BIJL Architecture, Michael Holt, Director of Architects United and Marissa Looby, Architect at Woods Bagot, were also impressed with the quality of this year’s submissions.

“Selecting the winners was no easy feat, with this year’s professional category presenting the strongest standard of entries we have ever judged in the awards,” explains Marissa Looby.
“Candidates took the focus beyond the aesthetics of current architectural ideologies and offered design solutions that balance the demands of individual living spaces in the wider context of dense urban dwelling,” says Ms Looby.

This year’s professional winner, Emma Eady from Jacobs Australia, took home the first prize of $5,000 for her proposal, The Urbanest, an inner city complex that combined residential and workplace units with community focused facilities including a ‘Workshop lane’ and a café.

Eady’s, The Urbanest, exhibited a strong social agenda via the integration of commercial and residential spaces.

“Her application of Cemintel products transformed the complex into a highly functional space. The unique inclusion of sliding walls clad in Designer Series allowed users to change the layout of their studio space and the BareStone sliding panel façade systems varying positions allowed for climatic control and privacy,” explains Ms Looby.

The runner up in the professional category, Andreas Hahn, from Small, Quinton, Coleman Architects earned a prize of $1,000 for his project, The Right Fit.

The project presented an intelligent, internal spatial planning that allowed for two larger dwellings, backed by more affordable smaller dwellings on site, which judges feltresponded beautifully to the brief’s requirements of density, affordability and programmatic difference.

“Hahn proposed a new model for affordability and diversity by creating large and small units on the same site, including flexibility of use in the smaller units. The experimentation of formal language in using CSR Cemintel product range was also a strongpoint of the design,” Ms Looby continued.

In addition, the combination of Cemintel’s Creative products on the façade and Designer Series in the feature walls provided the project with a distinct look that distinguished it from the usual format of standardised urban architecture.

This year’s 9 Dots Award student winner Dinel Meyepa from Monash University, was recognised for his development, Community Benefit, which presented five apartments that offer residents spacious living, privacy and access to shared outdoor areas.  

The integration of Cemintel’s Designer Series and Cemintel’s Creative Solutions range allowed Dinel to create a design that featured contrasts of texture, materiality and colour between the project’s façade and interior spaces.

“The 9 Dots Awards highlight the current challenges of urban living in terms of functionality, experience, aesthetics, privacy and social interaction,” Ms Looby says. 
“In addition to the great prizes, the competition offers designers the chance to address these challenges and inspire new thinking on urban housing, helping platform their careers in the design community.”

For more information on CSR Cemintel, visit www.cemintel.com.au

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