MDA15 Winners

The Mosman Design Awards presentation evening once again was a big hit with the nominating architects, owners and judges that attended the event on 30 March 2015 at the Mosman Art Gallery.

Six awards were presented on the evening. The results, and judges’ citations, are:


2015 Winner for Contribution to the Built Environment

36 Plunkett Road by Clinton Murray and Polly Harbison, Architects in Association

This home is a simple form of off-concrete which is non reflective and recessive. It has a humble entrance which is open to the street (both highly unusual qualities of the area). The low, transparent front fence, together with the horizontal void under the first floor has an overall effect of relief on the streetscape and a generous connection between the public and private domain, and back through to the public domain once again. An example of this is the view from the footpath through the private garden to Balmoral and the harbour. The architecture sends a clear message that community, connection and sharing the natural assets of our city are all important.

When moving through the house with the architect and client, the shared brave vision and cohesion between them is evident.

The spaces throughout the home have a great sensitivity to human scale, also providing a wonderful backdrop for an eclectic and personal mix of art and furniture.

Various views are capitalised upon from numerous vantage points throughout the house – water through trees is seen as primary, the lush valley as secondary but still significant – there is an artful, deliberate weighting between these two.

A holistic and fundamental approach to sustainability exists through siting, materials, glazing, sun control, cross ventilation, and natural light control.

The architectural and interior detailing throughout is rigorous, consistent and true to the overarching conceptual approach.

Overall the home demonstrates an extremely high level of awareness of the potential opportunities of this site and brief. And more than that, the ability to resolve them in a most simple and elegant way resulting in a balance between stillness and animation, deeply connected to the site, the broader context, the community and the client.


2015 Winner for Heritage Conservation

3 Prince Albert Street by Tanner Kibble Denton Architects

No. 3 Prince Albert Street Mosman is identified as a local heritage item in the Local Environmental Plan. The house was identified as having aesthetic significance as a good representative example of the larger Federation style residences in the Municipality. Over the years a number of modifications to the house and the introduction of an unsympathetic screening landscape treatment had reduced the values of the property and its contribution to this significant group of houses in Prince Albert Street.

The works undertaken as part of the current design allowed for a substantial retention of original features and their enhancement to maintain the substantial visual contribution to the street, while a new pavilion style addition was placed to the side and rear where it is visually recessive but achieves a seamless connection with the internal planning of the residential functions of the house and connects with outdoor living space to the rear of the site.
Care has been taken to ensure that the contemporary pavilion structure is concealed from the street view while the new garaging is set well into a revised landscaped front yard and does not dominate the heritage item but reveals the original buildings form and detail.

In addition to resulting in an appropriate form of conservation of the existing house the new work demonstrates a high level of design skill and results in an outstanding residential design that meets the contemporary requirements of the owner.

2015 Winner for Alterations and Additions

16 Mosman Street by Ian Moore Architects

No. 16 Mosman Street is a delightful Arts & Crafts style property that is neither heritage listed nor located within a conservation area but represents much of what is typical and attractive in Mosman’s residential character.

Having previously been adapted by a low impact roof addition the changing requirements of the owner have resulted in the construction of a contemporary addition to the rear of the original house that maintains its basic structure and contribution to the streetscape, but allows the introduction of light filled living areas and additional sleeping accommodation.

While the new work is unashamedly contemporary in design it has adopted the use of traditional materials and is set well back from the street frontage to reduce any conflict with the original bungalow form.

The design is well resolved and achieves a high standard of innovative sustainability and provides a quality residential environment on a confined site.

2015 Winner for Multi Dwelling Development

100 Glover St by PCA Architects and HELM Properties

Esque is a medium density residential apartment building with 29 Units. The judges felt that the arrangement of the development in an H- shaped form was particularly successful in its integration with the adjacent context. It enabled the proposal to provide a strong presentation and interaction with both Glover St and the laneway at the rear. It also allowed for two generous courtyard spaces in the inset portions of the H. One serves as a delightfully landscaped communal and private open space for residents whilst also providing a landscape buffer to the adjoining residential properties. The others forms a central court or atrium that forms part of the entry sequence for residents, providing opportunities for a luxurious green wall and other elements of art.

The configuration also provides sustainable dual or triple aspect apartments with cross flow ventilation and good solar access. This is combined with other sustainability measures to ensure running costs for residents are minimised.

The architecture provides well detailed articulated facades that are weathering extremely well. High quality materials have also been used that contribute to the high quality of the building in its presentation to the streets and to the adjoining properties.

2015 Winner for Community Renewal

75 Shadforth St by Mosman Preparatory School and The Greenwall Company

This community based project galvanised the children at the Mosman Preparatory school to work together to create their own version of a green wall. The children collected bottles and materials from home and worked together with teachers and parents to create and build the wall. Plants were bought from the children’s gardens and inserted into the wall as a memorable element for each child.

The judges were impressed with the philosophy behind this project. The children have learned the power of team work as well as creativity in the planting they have put into the wall. The references to home and contribution of the parents and teachers with the kids has strengthened the community bonds and bought the participants closer. The children who participated are still proud of the wall and the school watches the wall as it grows and develops.

From a sustainability viewpoint it is also very successful in the recycling of elements and materials from our daily life.

2015 People’s Choice Award

13 Thompson St by Prue Murdoch Architect

The People’s Choice is awarded to the property that receives the highest number of votes during the voting period.