|Category||Contribution to the Built Environment|
|Architect||Prue Murdoch Architect|
This is a classic project (contemporary in planning, classic in presentation).
It is practical, beautiful, well detailed and constructed. It has utilised the valuable core of earlier site establishment/building, and removed the unsympathetic, inferior elements. The new layer offers a long lasting fabric, reflects the owner’s style and responds to the prominent setting. The building forms, materials and details reflect the natural, cultural, historic attributes of the setting.
The imagery is familiar, yet the overall facade design to the street is original, a strong presence befitting the prominent hillside frontage. The size and modulation provide a perfect transition between the neighbouring properties.
The rigour of detailing and construction continues through the interior, garden, pool. The internal planning is practical, flexible, generosity of room plan sizes, and the central stair hall and other pitched ceilings offset the height constraints of the retained existing floor slabs, and desire to include a generous pitched roof in the overall building design.
Gable ends to pitched roofs are provided with Louvers for ventilation, they can be closed off in winter to retain heat.