SMALL PROJECT ARCHITECTURE COMMENDATION
Phillips and Assoicates Architects
This small project provides clear evidence that good design lies in paying attention to improving the experience of people’s everyday activities. The new sun room and comprehensive site improvements have a logic and simplicity that are clearly derived from not only a theoretical understanding of this 1960s Roger Pegrum designed house, but also an empathy for the pleasure the house brings the clients. Given the commanding site, with its elevation and views into trees and over parklands, it could have been tempting to explore the making of an ‘intervention’ and play with changes in level, contrasting volumes and scale.
There is, however, no denying the appropriateness of the approach adopted; remove the ‘lean-to’ additions, create a room using proportions and detailing emulating the existing house, take advantage of the natural light, ensure there is shading to protect the occupants from the summer extremes and finally take care to design a place that is welcoming and restful.
The hand of the architect is understated in this project and that is the reason it is so commendable-the additions and alterations are seamless with the existing house and the nature and values of the client. For the jury it was a delight to visit.
Architect/Practice: Phillips and Associates Architects
Practice Team: Judith Marion Phillips (Design Architect), Jamie Fox (Project Architect)
Consultant Team: Northrop Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd (Structural Consultant), Phillips and Associates Architects (Interior Designer), Capital Surveys (Building Surveyor), Roger Pegrum (Original Architect)
Construction Team: Henderson Homes Pty Ltd (Builder)
Photographer: Hugh Miley