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Celebrating and rewarding outstanding architectural design


Passion for architectural design is firmly entrenched in Smeg’s DNA; Smeg was the first appliance brand to collaborate with world-leading architects and industrial designers to create beautiful, lasting design.  The impressive list of collaborative architects and designers includes: Guido Canali, Renzo Piano, Mario Bellini, Marc Newson, Deepdesign and Dolce&Gabbana.  For Smeg this original thinking led to a global reputation for setting benchmarks in style, quality and technological innovation.  

The Smeg Tour Competition continues to create an architectural legacy though recognising and rewarding architectural excellence.  Australian architects and interior designers were invited to submit a kitchen project utilising Smeg appliances for judging by an esteemed panel.  Then, following an in-depth judging process, four winning projects were selected.  The architects and designers who designed the winning projects will attend the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale; an internationally renowned design showcase for academics and enthusiasts alike. They will also join the coveted Smeg Tour, visiting Smeg’s headquarters in Guastalla, Northern Italy plus experience many exclusive, architecturally significant places and spaces and enjoy the best of the region’s culture and food, courtesy of Smeg. 

The judging panel, made up of leading architects and industry influencers includes:

• Michael Heenan, CEO and Principal, Allen Jack and Cottier

• Catherine Calavrias, Interior Architect and Designer, (formerly of Turner Studio)

• Penny Fuller, Partner, Silvester Fuller Architects

• Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross, author, comedian, commentator and architecture devotee

• Paul Enright, National Commercial Business Development Manager, Smeg Australia

After much deliberation, the judging panel selected four winners from a pool of exceptional projects.  Each project more than met the criteria of innovative design, creative use of materials and appliances as well as spacial planning and use of natural light and ventilation. 

Myrtle Tree House by MAKE Architecture

An extension to this Californian bungalow cleverly conserved two mature trees while providing a bright living space, awash with dappled sunlight.  A soaring feature eave, built to catch the sun and provide shade, highlights the sense of spaciousness in the hybrid kitchen dining space, the social hub of the home. Within the hybrid, an ingenious kitchen bench also provides support for long bench-style seating.  An adjacent bench houses a Classic by Smeg built-in oven and induction cooktop.  Smeg’s eternally stylish stainless steel Classic built-in oven is the perfect complement for the understated simplicity of the finishes, while Smeg’s induction cooktop blends seamlessly into the design.  

Jac by panovscott Architects

A visionary renovation – sandwiched between a federation cottage and sculptural jacaranda tree which predates the cottage – houses a stunning concrete, wood and marble kitchen.  The kitchen’s full width entrance and fixed glass panel, visible through a void in the level above, provides abundant light and a stunning view of the sky and passing clouds.  The sculptural island bench, suitable for both food preparation and entertaining, is juxtaposed with a straight, low bench against the back wall containing Classic by Smeg gas cooktop, built-in oven and sink.  The stainless steel Classic appliances meld effortlessly into the kitchen’s warm, industrial vibe.


Henry Street House by Engene Cheah Architecture

The addition of rhythmic structural elements and a continuous skylight have transformed an area within the once narrow, inner-city weatherboard terrace into light-filled living, dining and kitchen zones. The use of sustainable plywood across these zones is both structurally practical and eye-catching.  The architecturally designed plywood bracing doubles as cladding while diffusing and filtering sunlight and shadow throughout the day.  Aside from the Classic by Smeg gas cooktop, the appliances selected have been purposefully integrated to maximise the once compact space; a very clever way to maintain fluidic energy and atmosphere. 

41 Birmingham by SJB

Taking cues from its inner-city Sydney neighbourhood, this apartment project has a decidedly industrial flavour, far removed from most generic multi-unit residential projects.  A distinctive ribbed concrete ceiling effectively connects the combined open plan kitchen, living and dining area.  Within the kitchen white joinery, marble and limed timber provide a stylish palette well-suited to the industrial ethos.  Also befitting the ethos is a stainless steel Classic by Smeg freestanding cooker, kitchen workhorse and centrepiece against the simple raw materiality of the interior.  On the flip side, a Smeg rangehood and dishwasher are smoothly integrated in the space.

These four beautiful projects are worthy winners of the 2018 Smeg Tour Competition, further affirming Smeg’s commitment to architectural and design excellence.

Click here for more info on the Smeg Tour Competition