best of 2013

Best new building

Recognises the best overall contribution to the local environment across a diverse range of design criteria including architectural excellence, reflection of community aspirations, positive integration into the local context, affordability, durability, creativity, environmental sensitivity and innovative use of technology.

And the winner is...

Tim Jackson from Jackson Clements Burrows Architects P/L for 5 Retreat Road, Hampton

"This building could be a kid's cubby house, or an extroverted sauna, or a weekender by a forested lakeshore in Scandinavia.

Is it an acceptable built form in its streetscape context? How important is it that an infill building reinforces streetscape character; in general and in this particular context? This building brings these questions into sharp focus. Is a red hipped roof enough to align this building with its neighbours?

Two design approaches appear to be at work here. One is the valid approach of 'form following function', such that the exterior is a cladding of a series of interrelated internal spaces.  The other is the determination to use one external material.

With the front door at the mid-point of the side elevation, the internal circulation can be assumed to be efficient.

The slope allows a two storey rear section to merge with the more modest scale of the front part.

Despite no evident 'arrival point' in the front facade, the building has a 'friendly' character.

Yes, it is permanent!"

Highly commended

Warren Foster from WJFA Architects for 44 Comer Street, Brighton East

"This house is well-sited on its block, with north-facing open spaces and views to the golf course at the rear.  The garage does not dominate the street or the building.  The wide eaves provide solar protection in summer. Clean lines, strong forms, restrained use of materials and colours, a sense of lightness and 'balance' in the composition.

This house has a greater sense of design resolution than most."

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