2015 Melbourne Design Awards

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Key Dates

25 August 2015 - Earlybird Deadline
7 September 2015 - Standard Deadline
28 September 2015 - Extended Deadline
29 September 2015 - Judging & Ratings
5 October 2015 - Rating Closes
6 October 2015 - Winners Announced
13 October 2015 - Awards Presentation

Balwyn Villa Unit Reinvigorated [DRAFT]


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Gold Winner 

Project Overview

This original 1960's villa unit in untouched original condition that has been fully renovated is situated in a secluded inner eastern Melbourne suburb.

Nomination Commissioner


Nomination Creator

SWG Studio


Santoso Budiman
Greg Royce

Project Brief

The project brief was to create a modern and contemporary open space living area within a constrained budget.

Project Innovation/Need

Our concept design for the renovation was to create a sense of a larger living space with most of the cost spent removing some load bearing walls and providing a new structure to support the existing roof above.

The rooms in the original floor plan overall are divided into seperate areas which are non functional with regard to intended use.

By removing some of the existing walls, it gives more flexibilty for furnishing and sirculation.

Design Challenge

The constrained budget was our challenge to create and achieve the modern and contemporary open space living area.

The use of the particular colour white for the walls took several extra layers of paint in order to achieve a pure crisp white and expansive feel.


Re-purposing the existing wooden floorboards under the existing carpet provides a floor material solution for the renovation.

Using a man-made material for the finish to the new joinery pieces to match the budget and yet it gives a similar look as if it is using a natural product.

The use of LED lighting provides low maintenance and durability.

The refurbishing of the existing window joinery safe costs and kept the integrity of the building.

This award celebrates innovative and creative building interiors with consideration given to space creation and planning, furnishings, finishes and aesthetic presentation. Consideration also given to space allocation, traffic flow, building services, lighting, fixtures, flooring, colours, furnishings and surface finishes.  


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