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The Brickworks Living Building Challenge Design Competition

The Living Future Institute of Australia, in its first collaboration with Frasers Property Australia, launched The Brickworks Living Building Challenge design competition. Based in Burwood East, Melbourne, it was Australia’s first Living Building Challenge design competition, and the first in the world that focused on a retail centre. We wanted to see designs for a Living Building in a retail environment – one that could be open to the general public, day in, day out. With the generosity of our progressive sponsors, and a star-studded panel of judges, we were able to make it happen.

The competition came to a conclusion in June 2016 after more than 40 organisations and 100 individuals contributed to many remarkable submissions, with awards for winning designs totaling over $30,000. The LFIA wishes to congratulate everyone who took on this ambitious competition, where anyone interested in a regenerative future from around the world were invited to submit ideas for this new retail centre – ideas that could dramatically raise the bar from a paradigm of doing ‘less harm’ to one in which we view our role as steward and co-creator of a true ‘living future’.

Summary posters of these incredible ideas can be viewed below. Click on an image to see the full poster:

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Professional Entries

WINNER:  The Difference is LivingDifference-is Living

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Design Team:
dwp|sutersRory Martin, Jess Hume, Joel Chamberlain, Eddie Page, Sacha Anderson, Andrew Carlson, Vaughan Lynch, Belinda McHarg, Scott Chapple, Georgie Vearvey, Joy McDonald, Emma Crumb, Andy Clements, Anh-Tu Le, Hayley Deng, Shanica Soenrak Hall
AureconJeff Robinson, Ameet Ankaikar, Xu Zhou
CJ ArmsChris Arms, Vince Russo
reedbed technology – Dr Peter Harbour
Eco Harvest – Dr Robyn Overall
Biomimicry AustraliaJane Toner
Future FoodFrancis Loughran, James Morton, Angelo Zucclet
WatpacAtena Malamiri, Sam Kuiper, Kate Hannaford

PEOPLE’S CHOICE & RUNNER UP:  For the Common Good – A Restart to Retailing

Buchan GroupDong Uong, Matthew Cosoleto, Harvey Male, Brendan Mongale, Aleksander Borek
Grün Consulting – Clare Parry
InhabitDarren O’Dea, Jessica Hogg
Additional Contributors
Rushwright Associates – Michael Write

THIRD PLACE COMMENDATION:  The GatheringThe Gathering

KPA ArchitectsTodd Paterson, John Loreck, Marc Spadaccini, Jessica Radny, Penni Sutton
Additional Contributors
Link Engineering Consultants – Sven De Jonghe
Ionic Design Australia – Tyron Mott
REALMstudios – Damien Pericles
Sustainability House – Nathan Lawry

Special Commendation (Professional)

Living Retail
Living Retail
NH Architecture– Fabian Jungbeck, Charles Zhang, Tom Nelson, Felicitiy Douglas, Wilko Doehring, Paul Evans, Wei Lun Sim, Robert Griffiths, Esther Slade, Tess O’Meara, Emily Aquilina, James Hayward, Laura Bailey, Amy Evans , Liam Oxlade
Ark Resources – Mike rainbow, Jan Talacko
ASPECT Studios – Warwick Savvas
E2Designlab – Emma James, Peter Breen
Additional Contributors
CERES – Beck Morley
MottMacDonald – John Bahoric
ASPECT Studios – Scott Gregory

Volunteer Champion

The BioVale
The BioVale
DesignInc Melbourne
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Outlines Landscape Architects
Will Nash


A Room Called Infinity
A Room Called Infinity
Finding Infinity / BESTEC – Ross Harding, Alex Duncan
Room II – Aaron Roberts, Georgia Novakm Kim Bridgland, Karl Buck, Alex Roome

Brickworks ReGenisis
Brickworks ReGenisis
R&P Green Solutions – Roberto Padovani
Integral Group – Andrew Reilman
Illuminart – Brienna Willcock
Strab Juqueira – Eduardo Straub
G3A Arquitetetos Associados – Ricardo Marques
Rodgrigo Mindlin Loeb Arquitetura – Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb
Etool – Henrique Mendonca
Additional Contributors
Biohabitats – Pete Munoz
SoS Architects – Anthony Dawkins
FCA Foodservice Consultants Australia – Julian Ha
Jansana, de la Villa, de Paauw, architects – Robert de Paauw
ICON3D – Michael Ochoa
Bayton Cleaning – Renato Simone

'LILY-pod' Shopping Centre

‘LILY pod’ Shopping Centre
Macdonell Williams – Environmentally Sensitive Design – Tim Williams

The Brickworks Living Building Challenge
The Brickworks Living Building Challenge
Modes On – Elena Cazacu
Additional Contributors
ACRF – Anthony Hoffman, Zac Cazacu

Burwood Brickworks Retail Centre
Burwood Brickworks Retail Centre
Rob Petruzzi, Cailen Hassall, Shane George Blight, Lelia Ursache


WINNER [Design Student Category]:  Burwood Life Centre

Bhargav Sridhar, Monica SutisnaBurwood Life Centre

Commendation [Design Student Category]:  Farmulous: Urban Agriculture Education Centre

Hui Li Yeoh, Dan Parker
Farmulous-Urban Agriculture Education Centre

Commendation [Design Student Category]:  Brickworks Green
Elise Fancourt, Claire Murray
Brickworks Green


Burwood Park
Burwood Park
Derek Huynh, Johnny Wang, Jordan Stones, James McCutchan
One World
One World
Jing Chen
Team Zolo
Team Zolo
Shavendra Goonetilleke

Waterway Plaza
Waterway Plaza
Alyssa Santomartino, Rabeya Rahman
Learn More about the Living Building Challenge