Awards2008 - Winner MBA Award, Commercial & Retail Fit-out, Refurbishment or Alteration $1 - $3 million Category. Post 45 Galleries Australian War Memorial, Canberra – This project is a continuation of designcraft’s close involvement with one of the world’s greatest museums. Everything in the galleries below the ceiling, other than the actual ‘museum objects’ was produced in the builder’s workshop. A wide range of fitted and specially finished materials have been combined in a complex array of showcases settings. Installation was carried out in an extremely challenging environment, including overlapping client activity and public use of adjacent spaces. A remarkable, high quality result.
2007 - Finalist in the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards for the categories of - "Emerging Exporter Award" - for outstanding export achievement by an enterprise in any industry sector which has been exporting goods or services for 3 years or less and "Small to Medium Manufacturer Award" - for outstanding export achievement by a manufacturer with total annual sales not exceeding $30 million.
2005 - The designcraft Factory and Showroom, designed by Townsend + Associates Architects, received a ‘Commendation for Commercial Architecture’ in the 2005 ACT Architecture Awards. The Jury citation was as follows:
A well designed and executed showroom and production facility for the designcraft Company is a welcome addition in an otherwise bleak industrial landscape. The imposing entrance entices the visitor off Monaro Highway in Canberra. With a folded canopy, a discreet reference to Neutra projects a doorway large enough to accommodate a giant.
A combination of the large showroom and abundant direct sunlight from the north provided an elegant ground floor setting to display stylish residential furniture. A unique timber staircase heads to the mezzanine level, with each step featuring inlay of a different timber species. Another clever design feature has been the blatant display of painted stormwater pipes, which is an interesting and innovative way to include utility features.
The roof is saw tooth, smartly detailed and practical in its introduction of light from the east. As a result, hardly any artificial light is required during normal office hours. The showroom allows the visitor to look directly onto the adjoining factory floor. This immaculate workspace is acoustically well separated and demonstrates the depth of the client-architect relationship. This is where you find the heart of the business and the workers are clearly comfortable in their space.
2003 - Designcraft won a “Certificate of Appreciation” award for excellence at the ACT Master Builders Awards for their fit out of the MG Rover showroom in Fyshwick, Canberra.
2002 - Best Commercial Fit out under $0.5m in the Master Builders Awards for the exhibition fit out of Australian War Memorial’s Anzac Hall Stage One, Canberra.
2001 - “Best Commercial Fit out under $0.5m” in the Master Builders Awards for the exhibition fit out of the Eternity Gallery at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
2001 - Designcraft won the award for the “Interior Finishes” in the Subcontractor Division of the ACT Master Builders Awards for the exhibition fit out of the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
1999 - “Best Commercial Fit out under $0.5m” in the Master Builders Awards for the exhibition fit out of the Australian War Memorial’s Orientation Gallery in Canberra.
1998 - Finalist in the 1998 AusIndustry Manufacturers Award section of the Telstra & ACT Government Small Business Awards.