Tensile Partners on Award-Winning Green Building Designs

At Tensile, we are thrilled that three projects we have partnered on are winners in the 2018 Victorian Architecture Awards in their respective categories.

These are the Monash Learning and Teaching Building, Barwon Water headquarters, and Averi apartments in Hawthorn East. Each of these projects was designed around sustainability principles.

Monash Learning and Teaching Building, Clayton

Winning the Marion Mahony Award, this multi-storey building provides a beautiful light and airy space for staff and students. Green elements such as shading and a solar array have been embedded into the design, resulting in 5-star green certification for the construction.

Tensile partnered with John Wardle Architects on the project, with our brief being to create two vertical wire balustrade installations for an internal atrium. This required making over 2,000 individual cables from 6kms of wire. Our aim was to create balustrades that were sleek and minimalist and in keeping with the openness and airiness of the overall construction.

Tensile Partners on Award-Winning Green Building Designs / Tensile Design & Construct

Image source: John Wardle Architects

Barwon Water, Geelong

Barwon Water appointed GHD Woodhead to do the refurbishment of its headquarters. It consists of a landscaped entry forecourt, central atrium and staircase, refitted offices and improved connectivity between spaces.

Green elements include passive insulation and an external curtain wall shading system that is designed to respond to the angle of the sun.

Tensile’s role was to install the cable and mesh trellis on the roof of the building for climbing plants to create a beautiful rest space for staff. The building won the Sir Osborn McCutcheon Award for Commercial Architecture.

Tensile Partners on Award-Winning Green Building Designs / Tensile Design & Construct

Image source: GHD Woodhead

Averi apartments, Hawthorn East

Averi is a medium-density, multi-storey residential development comprising 29 apartments. The design is based on sustainability principles and is broken up by extensive greening. The architects, Jackson Clements Burrows, won an Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing.

Tensile designed and constructed the webnet mesh trellis screen for climbing Chinese jasmine that covers 600m2 of the building. As the plant growth increases over time, apartment owners will benefit from shading, cooling and the beautiful scent of flowering jasmine in season.

Our team enjoyed working on these projects and is proud to have been a part of them. All winners in the awards will progress to the National Architecture Awards to be held later in the year.

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