Victorian architects take out top design honour

Published: 21 November 2019

Parliament of Victoria Member’s Annexe An extension to Victoria’s Parliament House, a typeface designed to help learning and a fashion label driven by sustainability are among the winners announced last night as at the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards.

The Parliament of Victoria’s new Members’ Annexe in Melbourne won the Architecture category and was named overall Design of the Year by the expert panel of 27 independent judges, out of a field of more than 200 projects.

Parliament House is one of Melbourne's most important public buildings, built in several stages from 1856. Previously described as an 'unfinished masterpiece', it needed more space to support the daily workings of parliament.

Designed by Melbourne firm Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design with TCL, the new contemporary freestanding annexe building has been built within the eastern gardens to provide space for 102 members of parliament.

screen design of pivot applicationOther winners this year include Sans Forgetica, a font believed to be the world's first typeface designed using principles of psychology to retain information; Pivot, an online tool to help young people in South West Victoria find career opportunities; and A.BCH – a fashion label where all designs are made for sustainability.

The annual Victorian Premier’s Design Awards celebrate the state’s best designers and innovators across architectural, product and industrial, communications, fashion, digital and service design, design strategy, and two student design categories.

2019 Victorian Premier's design award winners

Font stylesVictorian Premier’s Design Award of the Year:
Parliament of Victoria Member’s Annexe

Best in Category Winner for Architectural Design:
Parliament of Victoria Member’s Annexe

Best in Category Winner for Communication Design:
Sans Forgetica

Best in Category Winner for Design Strategy:
Moonee Ponds Creek Strategic Opportunities PlanProduct

Best in Category Winner for Digital Design:

Best in Category Winner for Fashion Design:
A.BCH – A Circular Fashion Label

Best in Category Winner for Product Design:

Best in Category Winner for Service Design:
Justice Connect Gateway ProjectWinner for student design. Person on wheelchair with wheelchair accessory that enables off-road access for manual wheelchair users.

Best in Category Winner for Student Design:
Gecko Traxx

VCE Product Design Student:
Inclusive Classroom Furniture

For details, visit the Premier’s Design Awards website.