Studio Ongarato has been recognized for its work on Arup Melbourne's workplace at the 2019 SEGD Global Design Awards. The studio's comprehensive signage and environmental graphics system for Arup took out the top Honor Award for the Wayfinding category, one of only nine Honour awards.
Designed to complement Arup's corporate values of honesty, integrity, and ingenuity, the wayfinding system was based on the concept 'Testing Grounds' and reflects notions of investigation, discovery, innovation and the aspiration to put 'Arup on Show.' "Defining perfect restraint in both materiality and execution this system perfectly integrates into the surrounding environment while adding an uncomplicated element of illumination and touch of warmth to the environment," the jury commented.
Studio Ongarato also received a Merit Award for luxury Australian hotel Jackalope in the Placemaking & Identity category. The jury recognized the avant-garde integration of environment and brand experience which references its vineyard location with a narrative-led approach based on the theme of alchemy.
"For twenty-five years we have championed brand storytelling in design and understood the value of difference, the power of taste and the importance of beauty," commented Ronnen Goren, Studio Ongarato co-founder, and strategy director. "These elements have underpinned our multi-layered design work on Arup Melbourne and Jackalope and it is wonderful to have it internationally recognized."
Photography: Ben Hoskins