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Living Building Challenge Design Competition 2023

Hosted by the Living Future Institute of Australia (LFIA) in partnership with Development Victoria, this ideas competition for a real building on a real site asked designers to conceive something never before seen: a repurposed heritage-listed building that can achieve the Living Building Challenge™.

With a 94% increase in the number of submissions since the first competition ran in 2016, this year’s judging panel was impressed by the 33 complete submissions, showcasing a remarkable depth of understanding of the LBC.

Below are the awarded design entries, including: Professional and Student Category Winners, People’s Choice and Runners-Up.

Winner: PROFESSIONAL Category

"Between Two Creeks"

By Includesign & Mine the Sky

Team members: Angelica Rojas-Gracia, PhD, Marco Cubillos, Dr Dominique Hes, Elena Pereyra, Aimee Mehan, and Alexander Arboled.

This design weaved a beautiful narrative that “moves between two creeks” on the site, drawing from the traditional practices of the Kurung-jang-balluk people who would have rested here, feasted here, hunted here, and told their stories here. The design highlights the potential for residents and visitors to rediscover the relationship of caring for place and each other, asking us to consider “how do we walk together into a fertile, caring future?”

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Winner: Student Category

"Breathe on the Land"

By Chon Kei Lam

University of Melbourne

The heart of this design lies in the restoration of native grassland, not just as an environmental endeavour but as a bridge connecting the site back to people, place and story, with a continuous involvement of First Nations community from the early design stages to operations.

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Winner: People's Choice


By arkee studio Pty Ltd

Team members: Rean Zhuo, Dino Delotavo, Zilin Zhou, Yu Tian, Hao Chen

This design’s vision sees ‘The Sunshine Hive,’ AKA the ‘SHiVE,’ become a bustling, inclusive space that accommodates a diverse range of activities and people, supporting personal development, work, health, and social interactions, not just for the township of Sunshine, but beyond.

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Runners-Up: Professional Category

"Ordinary Extra Ordinary"

By Andrew O'Donnell

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

"It Takes a Village"


Team members: Richard Stokes, Nick Birmingham, Nicole Allen, Emma Lubbers, Kath Kok, Malcolm Smith, Simon Barnes, Jayashree Durai Babu and George Mellos

Runners-Up: Student Category

"LUMA Cooking Hub"

By Chukang Liang

University of Melbourne

"Dirt + Order"

By Alina Walizade

University of Melbourne