2016 New House under 200m2

Winner
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Project

Naranga Avenue House
QLD

Design Practice

James Russell Architect
jrarch.com.au/

Photography

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Jury Citation

Naranga Avenue House by James Russell Architect stood out clear of the pack in the New House under 200 m2 category. The project has a sublime, ephemeral quality with a simple skin of delicate breezeblocks - a close collaboration between architect and engineer to make the modular timber frame and skin work with minimal steel. This clear idea for shelter provides occupants with protection that shields the sun, lets breezes through the dwelling and mitigates the wet weather (turning heavy rain into a light mist) while also providing for essential privacy and security in the eclectic Florida Gardens 1960s canal estate siting.

The focus for the project then becomes the internal courtyard gardens, a transitional series of spaces that celebrates a democratic freedom in the plan - connecting and placing you in conversation with country, like a small village between forest and pool.

Project description

Florida Gardens, a 60's canal estate with leathery swinging grandmas and breezeblock houses. A great context... once tawdry, now an eclectic bunch living in protected indoor and outdoor space. Extruded brick on edge; ugly holes make screen, protection from sun and rain, permeable, a place that's private and secure.