Italian appliance manufacturer Smeg has announced the shortlist for the 2020 Smeg Tour competition, which rewards outstanding architectural kitchen design. Ten projects were featured on the list, all of which showcased new kitchens that were built to include one Smeg product. Participants had to complete their projects between January 2018 and August 2019.

The prizes for the competition include return flights to Venice from Australia as well as a tour of the Venice Architecture Biennale and Smeg’s headquarters in Guastalla. Paul Enright, National Commercial Manager of Smeg Australia, said the Smeg Tour competition is always a calendar highlight. “This year was no different, with an outstanding pool of projects showcasing high quality design incorporating Smeg appliances. All projects, and in particular the shortlisted entries, showed innovative yet functional kitchen design and clever use of materials and space,” said Enright.

This year’s judging panel comprises of past tour participants, Anita Panov of Panavscott Architects, John Wardle of John Wardle Architects,  David Karotkin from Carabiner, and Janet Holmes a Court, a philanthropist and an architecture supporter. The 2020 shortlist includes the Bondi Apartment by Ricci Bloch Architecture and Interiors; the Brisbane Riverbank House, the Camp Hill Cottage, and the Winship Cottage by Owen Architecture; Elm and Stone from DKO Architecture; Lilyfield House from Studio203; Little Hutt House by EPH Studio; Manchester Terrace by Retallack Thompson; Sandy Point House by Kennedy Nolan; and Scotland Island House from Sam Crawford Architects.

Smeg is also hosting the People’s Choice Competition, which is open to the public to choose their favourite project from the 2020 list, and are encouraged to briefly explain why they have chosen that particular project. The competition closes on 30 August and entrants have a chance to win a Smeg FAB5 fridge.

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