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Best Response to a Design Brief by a Student

Students competed for two awards: Best Response to a Design Brief by a Student and Best Digital Presentation by a Student. The brief was to design a 75-place childcare centre and related exterior works such as access, parking and landscaping on a predetermined common site.

Winner – Gabi Melnychuk
Gabi's entry - The Nestling childcare facility is a bright and colourful professional presentation, that was easily read and understood. The Judges viewed this as a great all-round presentation. In terms of its innovation, the angled roof decks towards the north enable optimal placement of solar appliances for water heating and electricity generation integrated into the building form. The raised roof elements also allow for south light into the central corridor and also provide vertical face for high level cross flow ventilation. Shade sails have been used to extend the covered areas for the hotter months. Water tanks buried in the playground allow for greater use of the site for children's play areas. The overall concept not only provides excellent health benefits for its occupants, but also has a significantly smaller impact on the environment.

Second Place – Lan Sun
Lan Sun Leafgreen Childcare Centre is a well laid out, visually attractive presentation. The selected perspective views and detailed cross-sections allow for easy understanding of the building spaces, links, and how the sunlight accesses the building. Consideration has been given to many factors, including the centrally located thermal chimney, which allows the building to disperse and gain heat load. The stepped roof line allows for automatically operated louvers to take in fresh air. Water tanks have been incorporated and the water gained is utilised for reticulation. Twin solar systems have been planned and would generate power for lighting at night time, hot water services and floor slab heating.