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Waltzing Matilda Centre

Waltzing Matilda Centre

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Winton, Australia lies 1,356km north-west of Brisbane, surrounded by Matilda country. According to the Australian Traveller it is the dinosaur capital of Australia; paleontologists from around the world flock to the harsh and unforgiving outback to discover dinosaur bones.

Winton is also the birth place of the famous Australian bush ballad, “Waltzing Matilda.” Banjo Paterson wrote the lyrics to the legendary song nearby at Dagworth Station in 1895. It was first performed at Winton’s North Gregory Hotel the same year.

QT Melbourne

Finalist 2018
QT Melbourne

Located where the “Paris end” of Melbourne meets the darker underground of the Russell Street laneways, the design narrative conceptualized for QT Melbourne was inspired by the site's context and the theatre of burlesque, fusing French Noir inspiration with the glamour of the QT Brand. A noir undercurrent is omnipresent across all guest touch-points, from the intriguing brand identity to the graphic installations, transforming the hotel experience into “Maison QT.”

Coogee Beach Surf Lifesavers Pavilion

Finalist 2018
Coogee Beach Surf Lifesavers Pavilion

The Pavilion provides voluntary lifesavers with facilities to operate from, as well as a public amenity block of toilets, showers and change rooms. The clients wanted to engage with a design team who could build upon the unique and playful character of Coogee, while still meeting the strict requirements for signage and wayfinding within a public amenity facility. The functional aim was to assist with the public’s use of the space as well as soften the contemporary architecture.

Draft for Public Comment of AS 1428.4, Design For Access and Mobility—Wayfinding

Last year, Standards Australia released a Draft for Public Comment of "DR AS 1428.4.2:2018, Design for Access and Mobility, Part 4.2: Means to Assist the Orientation of People with Vision Impairment—Wayfinding Signs." Many in the wayfinding community collaborated on a joint response to the draft and a revision has recently been released for further comment. 

According to Sydney Chapter Chairs, Nick Bannikoff and Carlo Giannasca, the main points are as follows:

Sydney Park Business Centre

Finalist 2018
Sydney Park Business Centre

This site was originally a 1940 Australian Interwar Functionalist style factory building in Sydney, reconstructed 15 years ago with very few original features remain. All owners were frustrated with the lack of signage. The physical nomenclature was illogical. Low number suites on the first level and the remaining scattered on the ground level. Six entrances, and one well-hidden lift. Nearly everyone coming into the building would get lost.

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