Sustainability Architecture Awards 2020

The famed Sustainability Awards are an independently judged event to turn the spotlight on the best architecture in Australia annually. Each year the competition sees ever growing engagement, assessing submissions from start-ups and global brands by the same, carefully considered criteria. Below we have outlined some of the amazing projects that were lucky to score a win in the 2020 awards.

New single dwelling – Upside Down Akubra House

Upside Down Akubra House

The Upside Down Akubra House designed by Alexander Symes Architect, focuses on combining beauty and functionality to create an off the grid family home. The design itself seeks to form an empathetic and nurturing relationship to the wide open spaces around Northern-Central NSW.

Living spaces are arranged around the perimeter of the construction, tastefully clad with a palate of concrete, timber and corrugated metal. The house collects all the energy and water required for occupation on its vast sloping roof.

Altered single dwelling – Warehouse Greenhouse


This home by Breath Architecture is efficiently designed to be extremely airtight. It uses passive solar design to maximise sun penetration in winter and shade interior of the structure in summer. There is no active heating or cooling in this residence, instead, it solely relies on the tight thermal envelope and the HRV system.

The project prioritises the longevity of the original warehouse and is therefore a simple and contextual extension constructed with as many reused and repurposed materials as possible.

Smart Building – Vanquish

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The Vanquish home is a masterpiece of sustainable building design, energy innovation and smart home technology. Joe Adsett Architects outdid themselves with the design of Australia’s largest architecturally designed passive home, being 1 of the only 38 homes built to this standard in Sub Tropical climates in the world.

The house features world-first heat pump technology and as Australian first 3-phase Hybrid smart inverters that integrate with the hot water system and are completely VPP ready for integration with the future energy retail sector.

Small commercial architecture – Acre Farm Eatery

The indoor-outdoor Glasshouse cafe overlooks the rooftop farm.

Acre Eatery is a urban rooftop farm that showcases ‘farm to table’ eating experience in the urban setting.  ZWEI Interiors Architecture and NH Architecture comprised the 2500 sqm site of glasshouses, quail coops, worm farms and over 1000sqm of garden beds. This site delivers all fresh produce directly to the restaurant table at Acre.

Prefabricated and modular – The Foundry

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The Foundry was designed by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp and Sissons with Mirvac. The structure is the third and largest commercial building Mirvac has constructed at South Eveleigh. Spanning over 55,000 sqm over six stories with expansive floorplates it has earned the title of being one of the first Australian ‘groundscapers’. The building focuses on a campus-style, sustainable working environment that promotes health, wellbeing and productivity.

Waste elimination- Marrick & Co

Mirvac and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer created the first One Planet Living community in NSW at Marrick & Co. This building has reimagined urban life to be more sustainable, liveable and resilient. Guided by One Planet Living principles, the urban design brings connections and open spaces whilst creating sage and equitable access to new amenity. They also promote habitat improvement, promotes welbeing and mitigates environmental impact.

Two residential buildings reside together harmoniously alongside adaptive reuse of heritage fabric, public green space, and the new Council Library and Pavilion.

Large commercial architecture – Burwood Bricks Shopping Centre

Burwood Bricks Shopping Centre was designed by NH Architecture with Russell & George and Frasers Property Australia. The building is an architectural masterpiece, producing more energy than it consumes, capturing and re-using all water that it needs and has a net positive waste impact.

The Burwood Centre is aiming to achieve Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification, the most stringent sustainability standard in the built environment in the world. Administered by the International Living Future Institute, just 24 buildings in the world have achieved full LBC certification. Burwood Brickworks is the first retail project to aspire to this.


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