THINK BRICK AWARDS 2018
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In finding a workable model for this house, the Arts and Crafts movement and its proto-modernist philosophies were explored, as a way to satisfy the requirements of the brief and the designer’s compulsion to modernity. Many of the architectural interests evident in this project align with the ideas and aesthetics of the Arts and Crafts movement: expressive function, picturesque planning and the exposition of the crafts of building.
The conceptual basis of the house is strongly evident in the fabric of the building. Substantial, textural, durable, low-maintenance materials and surfaces – all were selected for their ability to age in place, to ensure that the house improves with age, that it celebrates patina, and that the materials reach their aesthetic potential through wear and time.
There is also whimsy, joy and beauty in this house. The formally expressive chimneys with their handmade pots, the fragrant cedar-lined pyramid of the main living area, the heft and shadow of the brick-and-concrete rear pavilion, the intense colour and texture of the interior surfaces – all contribute to a house that is so much more than the sum of its parts.
"This is an exemplary project full of expressive forms, intense colours and textures, with a pyramid roof of terracotta shingles that unites the living spaces and gives back to the street."
- Jury 2017 -