Residential Design – New Houses: $500K-$1M construction cost
A steeply sloping site with extensive estuary views drives this design, which is an exercise in minimalism and precision. Sharp skillion roof forms float over a dynamic arrangement of forms which are partially dug into the ground at the approach, only to erupt into a spectacular cantilevered living area and associated deck which shoot out across the contours of the site to take advantage of both north light and the 180 degree views. Bedroom areas are laid out perpendicular to the form containing the entry and living areas, and are safely anchored in the ground. An external space formed by rough textured blade walls and flying steel beams provides a private garden accessible from the main ensuite and, along with polished timber decking, enhances the legibility of the entry.
The designer is thoroughly at ease with his materials – steel and glass are expertly detailed, ensuring that the dynamism of the external forms runs through the interior volumes, and ceilings appear to float over walls. The interiors are suitably spare, and are wholly informed by the structure, with the open plan kitchen elements stopping short of the ceiling so as not to interrupt the flow of space. Gleaming polished concrete floors provide a backdrop to shining white cabinetry and a cantilevered island bench. Frameless panels of translucent glass slide to provide privacy as required, and to allow for views throughout the house.
The totality of this design is testament to its author’s skills. All elements work together to provide a beautifully resolved building, with no extraneous detail. Most of all, the house illustrates the designer’s ability to conceive of a building as not just a shelter, but as an experience.
Interior Design – Residential (Commendation)
It was very difficult not to give a Commendation to the interiors of the ‘Out There’ House. The slick smart cool interiors and their joinery are not only a focus in themselves, but are carefully proportioned to highlight the views that are framed by the surrounding contemporary architecture.
The terms used by the Designers of ‘stealth’ and ‘high end design’ capture the qualities of the interiors.
The combination of strategic lighting, polished concrete, wide expanses of glass, re-constituted surfaces and stainless steel are perfectly proportioned in this minimalist palette.
The spatial interconnectivity has produced a series of dynamic spaces that perfectly meet the clients’ requirements.
Most Innovative Kitchen Design (Commendation)
What makes the ‘Out There’ kitchen worthy of a commendation is the fact that it’s an interior that sits perfectly on its own and as part of an strong architectural setting. Its restrained palette is balanced by its strong forms. The cantilevered island mirrors the cantilevered form of the building. The dynamic lines of the hovering exhaust open up to the view beyond, while addressing the lines of the unit below. The lightness of the thick and tapered island bench-top are accentuated by the matching grey material under a polished floor that by colour disappears. The part height of the service cabinet to the rear maintains the lightness of the room. All the messy activities and storage of the kitchen can be easily concealed by closing the appliances’ cupboard and doors . The fully transformable space also functions as alfresco dining and entertaining areas.
Most Innovative Use of Steel
‘Out There’ truly lives up to its title, both literally and by definition, and was a stand-out entrant in a hotly debated category.
This design tackles head on the topography, and stands proud and cantilevered at a height of over 7.5 metres above the ground. This feature sets this structure apart from the rest, and could not have been achieved without an extensive use of steel.
The steel used here, both to mould the spine and form – so integral to its structural integrity – also brings to life an amazing creation. Tensioned stainless steel rods serve to brace the steel frame. Lightweight Colorbond roofing adds to the form.
This modern dwelling, referred to as a ‘stealth fighter’ by its creators does, indeed, give you the impression that you are flying in the clouds, and reminds us once again that steel can not only be used as a structural element, but can add another dimension to the aesthetics and usability of a building.