2003, BUILDING DESIGNERS ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA AWARDS
Winner . Best Small Budget Innovation in Building Design
The strong simple form of this home contrasts the sloping scrubby site, with each accentuating the other. A clean box form floating above the site highlights the rugged natural beauty of the site and allows the natural surrounds to flow freely under the building. From the street, you enter the home via an elevated walkway which reinforces the floating feeling.
The budget of this home was extremely tight and keeping the design simple yet contemporary and the scale small was essential in making the project possible. With the house sitting above the site and having a north/south orientation, windows on the east and west facades were kept to a minimum, using strip windows to frame select views which helped to address associated overlooking issues.
A studio space was provided in lieu of a second and third bedroom for a jewellery designer client. The layout made it a simple exercise to instate a wall and second door replacing the studio with bedrooms for re-sale.
This project presented us with our first BDAV Award for “Best Small Budget Innovation in Building Design” in 2003.
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