Your Vote Counts... Once a year, Melbourne's most iconic and most beautiful buildings are invited to open their doors...
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Open House Melbourne 

Get Inside Melbourne's Icons : 30 - 31 July 2016

Once a year, Melbourne's most iconic and most beautiful buildings are invited to open their doors for this event. We are proud to have been selected for participation : The MDS-designed Headquarters for Birkenstock Australia, will open their doors on July 30, giving you the opportunity for a look behind the scenes of this multi-award winning building and fitout, with a guided tour through all areas of offices, workshop, mezzanine, etc. Many other fantastic architecture pieces, both old and new, can also be visited that weekend. Have a look at the Open House Melbourne website for more info and bookings.
The project won a 'Commendation' in Victoria's ArchiTeam Awards late last year. This brings the total number of awarded recognitions for this building to 14.


Public Choice Award : Closing Sunday - V0te Now !

It's that time of the year again : Public Choice Awards at the BDAV are open ! Please take two minutes to vote for our 'Waltham Jewel' if you like it, following the link below.

The project is about the amazing transformation of a derelict dwelling into a contemporary home, beautifully restoring historic architecture, while adding contemporary sculpted forms. Despite its minimalist approach and inner-urban setting, the project never feels 'cold' or too tight, thanks to its carefully considered detailing. A veneered upholstered window seat provides views to the vertical garden and captures the northern sunlight. Environmental aspects define the project, from clever sustainable design through active systems like solar HW up to selection of materials based on their impact on the environment.

Voting is super easy : You click on the bottom left of the voting page. After entering your email address (no worries, this won't be saved or used for any other purpose, it is simply to ensure people only vote once), you will receive a confirmation email with a link that you will need to click on to confirm. Any questions let us know.

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MDS International & More

The past year has seen lots of exciting things happening at MDS :
After winning another award at the 2015 BDAV Awards Ceremony - this time for our slightly crazy Sorrento Beach House  (pictured below) - we opened our 'European Base' in Berlin.
We also completed our first two international  projects in Germany last year : A Scandinavian-Style Eco Home (pictured above), designed to Passive House standards, and a small one-room 'garden house' on the Baltic Sea. If you follow us on 
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you might have seen some snaps of these already.
And, last but not least, we designed an extension to the Alvar Aalto (a famous Finnish architect) Museum in Finland, as part of an International Competition. We came up with some great ideas and had heaps of fun at the same time. Here's a snapshot of our what we've designed : 
Stay Tuned, follow us on Social Media (links above) and recommend us to your friends if you like our work ! Any questions, please feel free to email us. Thanks for reading and sharing. Have a great day!
The Team at Melbourne Design Studios (MDS).
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