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Victorian Architects Take Out Top Design Honour

20 November 2019

An extension to Victoria’s Parliament House, a typeface designed to help learning and a fashion label driven by sustainability are among the winners of the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards.

The Parliament of Victoria’s new Members’ Annexe in Melbourne scooped the Architecture category and was named overall Design of the Year by the expert panel of 27 independent judges, out of a field of more than 200 projects.

Parliament House is one of Melbourne's most important public buildings, built in several stages from 1856. Previously described as an 'unfinished masterpiece', it needed more space to support the daily workings of parliament.

Designed by Melbourne firm Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design with TCL, the new contemporary freestanding annexe building has been built within the eastern gardens to provide space for 102 members of parliament.

Other winners this year include Sans Forgetica, a font believed to be the world's first typeface designed using principles of psychology to retain information; Pivot, an online tool to help young people in South West Victoria find career opportunities; and A.BCH – a fashion label where all designs are made for sustainability.

The annual Victorian Premier’s Design Awards celebrate the state’s best designers and innovators across architectural, product and industrial, communications, fashion, digital and service design, design strategy, and two student design categories.

For the full list of winners and more details, visit

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley

“This year’s Victorian Premier’s Design Award shows how important Design can be to a future where quality design thinking is at the heart of all we do. The winners demonstrate the power and impact of design across all industries and parts of life.”

“Congratulations to the architects, designers and teams behind the winning projects – and to the client organisations and businesses that recognise the value of design.”

Quote attributable to chair of the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards Jury Celina Clarke

“The winning entries are world-class examples of design and architectural excellence originating from Victoria and reinforce the state’s commitment to leading by design.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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