In Summary

  • Skylight designed at Swinburne with Atlite Skylights awarded a Good Design Award
  • Innovative design is bushfire, hail, cyclone and leak resistant
  • First time Swinburne has been awarded a Good Design Award 

An innovative bushfire proof skylight designed at Swinburne in collaboration with Atlite Skylights has been awarded a Good Design Award.

The Atlite Skylights premium roof window was designed by the Atlite Skylights engineers in collaboration with Swinburne’s Centre for Design Innovation. The cutting-edge product is the only Australian-designed and made roof window that is bushfire, hail, cyclone and leak resistant.

Close-up of bushfire rated skylight.
The skylight can be custom made to suit any space and specification.

A Swinburne first

The recognition represents the first time Swinburne has been awarded a Good Design Award, with the award presented to the Swinburne team this month.

“This collaboration positions Swinburne as a leader in design, showing that working with industry is a key in Swinburne’s vision of making social and economic impact,” says Professor Blair Kuys, Director of Centre for Design Innovation.

Swinburne team behind bushfire rated skylight.
The team behind the design celebrated with an award presentation at Swinburne's Hawthorn campus. 

“To be recognised by the Good Design Awards is a fantastic achievement and the Swinburne team working on this project are extremely deserving. I hope this inspires us to continue working on designs that are not just making an impact in Australia, but on a global scale.”

Testing fireproof capabilities of skylight.
Strict fire testing was undertaken to ensure the skylight would meet safety standards. 

About the Good Design Awards

The annual Good Design Awards is Australia’s most prestigious Awards for design and innovation with a proud history dating back to 1958.

Concept sketch of bushfire rated skylight.
The skylight design is bushfire, hail, cyclone and leak resistant.

The Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the market, excellence in architectural design, digital and communication design and reward emerging areas of design including business model innovation, social impact and design entrepreneurship.

“The design team had a clear understanding of the design brief and the challenges facing the client,” said the Good Design Awards Jury of the skylight.

“This was a difficult project that has been very well resolved and will enhance the creative palette for architectural designers for both residential and commercial projects. It’s sleek and super functional and it was clear the design process put the user at the centre of the outcome. Well done.”

The 60th Anniversary Good Design Awards attracted a record number of entries. From the 536 innovative designs, only 260 projects were selected to receive the coveted Good Design Award.

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