RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE - HOUSES COMMENDATION
Narendra M Kaley Architect
Designed as a new family home, Kaleys Residence demonstrates that architect designed can be created on a budget equal to mass produced projects. Located in a greenfield urban development, the building is well sited to maximise the views to the landscape and public open space beyond.
A muscular design approach using cubist forms and a restrained external materials palette of almost entirely face red brick, delivers a residence with presence. The red brick exterior is not only low maintenance but also references the ‘Canberra Red’ houses of the early years. The house is planned around courtyards to provide privacy and outlook on an otherwise exposed corner site.
The house is organised around a spine that contains the living, family, dining and kitchen functions which open onto the northern landscaped court. The use of a deep overhang provides these spaces with protection from the summer sun whilst inviting winter light deep into the plan.
These spaces are well proportioned and generous, accentuated by keeping the ceiling plane clear of all services. The family room is the hub of the house, with the garage, bedrooms and their associated service spaces directly connected to the south, and the guest bedroom and studio to the north east.
The building has a bold architectural form, with openings carved out of the red brick walls. The placement and depth of openings have been designed to ensure views and connections are created throughout the house, providing a comfortable internal environment while ensuring cross ventilation is achieved.
The jury felt that the Kaleys Residence is commendable for how it has taken prosaic materials and conventional cottage construction methods, creating an individual architectural expression that has many qualities that neighbouring properties do not whilst maintaining similar construction costs.
Architect/Practice: Narendra M Kaley Architect
Practice Team: Narendra M Kaley (Design Architect and Project Architect)
Consultant Team: O’Keeffe Engineering (Declan O’Keeffe, Structural Consultant), Tony Rowley (Energy Assessor), Certified Building Solutions Pty Ltd (David Poidevin, Building Surveyor)
Construction Team: S & G Homes Pty Ltd t/as Pavilion Homes (Builder)
Photographer: Narendra M Kaley