Wesley Place – 130 Lonsdale Street, by COX Architecture with Lovell Chen. Image by Trevor Mein

Building our Future: The Building Shortlist

  •   19 July 2022

The Building category in the 2022 INDE.Awards showcases architecture and design that makes a difference. The Building recognises a project that marks a new direction in the future of architecture, as well as its capacity to respond to its local place, and this year the shortlist has it all. Through design that connects on every level, each of the shortlisted projects exemplifies best practice architecture that has been created to enhance the lives of people, culture and site.

With the support of NEOLITH, The Building category exemplifies design that is about the important things in life, where creativity can enhance the way people interact, work and play – the same ideas that ensures NEOLITH and its quality products contribute to great design.

With regard to the 2022 shortlist of The Building, Con Papadakis, Managing Director Oceania, NEOLITH, reviewed the projects for this year and remarks on the trends, “I am seeing the use of not only geometric facades but also curved facades. Many of these projects are making a mark on the city skyline and city scape. It’s great to see a mix of products used to either highlight the building or respect the surrounding buildings.”

Finding a synergy between design of the projects in the shortlist and the NEOLITH brand, Papadakis says, “Many of these buildings appeal to Neolith as a brand due to the large format products being used in these spaces. Many of these buildings could utilise NEOLITH as a façade, lobby flooring, wall cladding and even as a benchtop surface. To see the mix of products and high-end finishes being used is great to see as it provides opportunity for future projects to specify Neolith for many of these applications.”

Of course, while all the projects are exemplars, there is always one that makes its mark as a favourite from among the group and Papadakis comments, “32 Smith Street is a stand out in my eyes. The use of colour on the façade gives the building a great presence. Also seeing the focus on sustainability is key for NEOLITH as a brand. Our focus is creating sustainable surfaces for the living space hence the reason I have taken a liking to this project.”

It’s not long now until we can all gather together on the 4th August in Melbourne to attend the gala party where the winners, including The Building category, will be announced.

“I’m looking forward to seeing a collaborative industry get together to celebrate Asian Pacific design. This region is moving in the right direction with a key focus on sustainability, unique design and respecting the surrounding areas with creative design. This region is now being used for global inspiration where previously our inspiration was from other parts of the globe.” remarks Papadakis.

So true! Our region is now setting the benchmark for great design, so, mark the date in your diary and come and celebrate the very best architecture and design in the Indo-Pacific region. See you soon.


The Building

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8 Loftus Street, Quay Quarter Lanes
Studio Bright

8 Loftus Street, Quay Quarter Lanes, by Studio Bright. Image by Rory Gardiner

32 Smith Street
Fender Katsalidis

32 Smith Street, by Fender Katsalidis. Image by Anthony Fretwell

52 Reservoir Street

52 Reservoir St, by SJB. Image by Brett Boardman

Commercial Bay – Te Toki i te Rangi
Warren and Mahoney with Woods Bagot & NH Architecture
New Zealand/Aotearoa

Commercial Bay – Te Toki i te Rangi, by Warren and Mahoney with Woods Bagot and NH Architecture. Image by Giulia Caponnetto

The Hedberg
LIMINAL Architecture with WOHA

The Hedberg, by Liminal Architecture with WOHA. Image by Natasha Mulhall

Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street
Bates Smart

Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street, by Bates Smart. Image by Sean Fennessy

Napier Street
Edition Office

Napier Street by Edition Office for Milieu, by Edition Office. Image by Rory Gardiner

Pingelly Recreation & Cultural Centre
iredale pedersen hook architects & Advanced Timber Concepts Studio

Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre by iredale pedersen hook architects and Advanced Timber Concepts Studio. Image by Peter Bennetts

Shepparton Art Museum
Denton Corker Marshall

Wesley Place – 130 Lonsdale Street, by COX Architecture with Lovell Chen. Image by Trevor Mein

Shepparton Art Museum
, by Denton Corker Marshall. Image by John Gollings

Te Ara Ātea (Selwyn Library and Community Centre)
Warren and Mahoney
New Zealand/Aotearoa

Te Ara Ātea (Selwyn Library and Community Centre), by Warren and Mahoney. Image by Simon Devitt

Wangaratta Street

Wangaratta Street, by MAArchitects, image by Derek Swalwell

Wesley Place – 130 Lonsdale Street
COX Architecture with Lovell Chen

Wesley Place – 130 Lonsdale Street, by COX Architecture with Lovell Chen. Image by Trevor Mein


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