Winners of the Good Design Awards

The winners of Australia's peak industry design awards – the highest honour for design innovation – were announced at the Good Design Awards ceremony, presented as part of the Vivid Ideas program at Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

The annual Good Design Awards is Australia’s most prestigious Awards for design and innovation with a proud history dating back to 1958. The Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian market, excellence in architectural design, digital and communication design and reward emerging areas of design including business model innovation, social innovation and design entrepreneurship.

The awards include the Young Australian Design Awards for designers under 30, recognising young Australian designers, engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs.

For the first time, the overall winner of the coveted Good Design of the Year Award is a tie between two finalists: Brisbane-based design consultancy Aurecon and Wellington-based digital design agency Chrometoaster.

Aurecon’s entry, the Flood Resilient and Accessible Ferry Terminals for Brisbane, offers a better way to make critical transport infrastructure more flood resilient while allowing travellers to better celebrate the river. The innovative ferry terminal was designed following the devastating floods in Brisbane in 2011. During a flood, the gangway floats, automatically detaches and swings away from the pontoon.

“This is an excellent example of multi-disciplinary design collaboration that has resulted in a truly innovative and game changing project. Every detail of this project has been meticulously designed and engineered with the end user in mind. A truly ground-breaking design innovation that has the potential to be adapted and used all over the world,” said Good Design Australia’s independent judging panel, which consists of more than 35 Australian and international design experts.

From over the pond, Wellingtonbased Chrometoaster’s entry demonstrates the diversity of products, services and concepts that can be recognised for exceptional design and innovation. Its Game of Awesome card game is designed to inspire year 5 to 8 students to write creative stories while increasing their literacy levels. The judging panel lauded the wonderful simplicity of the project, saying that it “recognised the design thinking baked into this project at the deepest level” and that “its playfulness, creativity, insightfulness and accessibility absolutely nails good design.”

Good Design Australia Chief Executive, Dr Brandon Gien, said that the awards had attracted innovative entries from all corners of the world, with an incredibly high standard of submissions this year.

"Trying to pick between these two finalists proved to be too great a challenge for the judging panel. Both demonstrate design, innovation and creativity in two very different forms, and are a testament to the exceptional design expertise of products, services, designs and concepts that are available in the Australian market,” he said. “It is also encouraging to see two very diverse design projects such as this aimed at solving two very important challenges – one aimed at improving literacy skills among our younger generations and the other aimed at solving the damaging nature of floods in our environment. These two winners perfectly demonstrate the power of design thinking as a creative problem solving process at a time when our world needs it most,” Dr Gien concluded.


Architectural Design > Commercial and Residential Architecture

  • Entry: Sargood on Collaroy Applicant: WMK Architecture
  • Description: The Centre is a game-changer providing resort-style healthcare for those adapting to life after a spinal injury. Sargood sets a new benchmark for helping guests to manage their life, deal with scars and reconnect into the community.
  • Location: Sydney

Architectural Design > Interior Design

  • Entry: TVNZ Television Network Centre Refurbishment
  • Applicant: Warren and Mahoney Architects
  • Description: Working sensitively with the fabric of the original building, all concrete floors, columns, majority of the services and structural components are the original building substrate revealed. New stairs, bridges and openings were created to use sections of the building previously inaccessible and encourage movement and agile working across floor plates.
  • Location: Wynyard Quarter, Auckland 

Architectural Design > Urban Design and Public Spaces

  • Entry: Hassett Park
  • Applicant: Jane Irwin Landscape Architect
  • Description: Hassett Park is a new urban park in the public domain framework for Campbell 5, part of an upscale and redevelopment along Constitution Avenue of key inner city sites. The park sets a new benchmark for public domain design on the urban fringe of Canberra.
  • Location: Surry Hills

Architectural Design > Urban Design and Public Spaces

  • Entry: Tonsley Innovation District Urban Design and Public Spaces
  • Applicant: Oxigen
  • Description: A set of robust urban design protocols provided guidance to the implementation of projects over a number of years, rather than a fixed design program or traditional master plan. The influence of a coordinated, sustainable public realm is now being realised. Australia’s first innovation district, supports green infrastructure and its importance for future planning.
  • Location: Adelaide

Product Design > Automotive and Transport

  • Entry: Cat GRADE with Assist
  • Applicant: Caterpillar Inc
  • Description: A revolution in machine control, bringing speed and accuracy to new standard by automating boom and bucket movements typically achieved by the operator. This semi-autonomous system significantly reduces manual inputs, errors, and fatigue — improving grading consistency for operators at all levels.
  • Location: Tullamarine

Product Design > Automotive and Transport

  • Entry: Tesla Model X
  • Applicant: Tesla
  • Description: Model X is the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history. With all-wheel drive and a 100 kWh battery providing 565 kilometers of range, Model X has ample seating for seven adults and their gear. Accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in as quick as 3.1 seconds.
  • Location: Cremorne

Product Design > Hardware and Building

  • Entry: HUB.NODE Multi-Function Technology Node for Smart Cities
  • Applicant: HUB Australasia Pty Ltd
  • Description: The HUB.NODE enables the creation of a smart city, replacing traditional street lights with a structure that invisibly accommodates all 4G, 5G and Wi-Fi equipment, a CCTV camera, electrical charging port, PA speakers, a help button.
  • Location: Chippendale

Product Design > Commercial and Industrial

  • Entry: Junglefy Breathing Wall
  • Application: Junglefy
  • Description: An active, modular green-wall system, scientifically proven to accelerate the removal of air pollutants, such as carbon dioxide, particulate matter and volatile organic compounds. More than just another green-wall – it’s an innovative system combining technology with nature resulting in a safer and more productive indoor-environment.
  • Location: Banksmeadow

Social Innovation

  • Entry: VoteLocal: Helping Kiwis Take Part in the Future of their Cities
  • Applicant: The Design+Democracy Project, Massey University
  • Description: VoteLocal is a groundbreaking game-like questionnaire that guides people towards the mayoral candidate whose policies and ideals best match theirs. It provides information about candidates and what they stand for, informs users about what councils do, and debunks the assumption they aren’t relevant. VoteLocal fosters more genuinely representative politics.
  • Location: Mt Cook, Wellington


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