Good Design Award Win for Kerang

Hansen Partnership have received a prestigious Good Design Award Winner Accolade in the Architectural Design category in recognition for outstanding design and innovation. Awarded for work on Victoria Street, Kerang, a landmark project commissioned by Gannawarra Shire Council, which successfully transformed a space dominated by vehicle movement and car parking to a pedestrian oriented main street for movement and enjoyment.

The annual Good Design Awards is Australia’s most prestigious international 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, engineering, fashion, digital and communication design and reward emerging areas of design strategy, social impact and design entrepreneurship.

The winners of Australia’s peak industry design awards – the highest honour for design and innovation in the country were announced on 11 July at the 61st annual Good Design Awards Ceremony. As project leads, Hansen Partnership Director, Gerhana Waty, and Senior Urban Designer Danielle Jewson, accepted the award.

The Good Design Awards Jury spent several days evaluating each entry according to a strict set of design criteria which covers ‘good design’, ‘design innovation’ and ‘design impact’. Projects recognised with a Good Design Award must demonstrate excellence in all areas and convince the Jury they are worthy of recognition.

Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia said: “Receiving a Good Design Award at this level is a significant achievement given the very high calibre of entries received this year.”

“Australia’s Good Design Award is more than a symbol of design excellence, it represents the hard work and dedication towards an innovative outcome that will ultimately improve our quality of life. These projects showcase the brilliance of design and the potential it has to improve our world,” said Dr. Gien.

The Good Design Awards Jury praised Victoria Street, Kerang commenting “This low-key urban design has been sensitively planned to appreciate its rural location and is very well executed. The value that the design presents to the community is recognised in the considerable upgrade to social interaction that the design enables. The previously car dominated centre of this regional town has been reinvented as a place that elicits civic pride and promotes community use. Pedestrians are prioritised, patterns of use are changed, and important architectural buildings are given a new civic presence. The council, community and designers are to be congratulated for their long engagement to find an appropriate urban design solution.”

Hansen Partnership would like to thank Gannawarra Shire Council for the opportunity to create a place of civic pride and community gathering.