ARCHICENTRE MERVYN WILLOUGHBY THOMAS RENOVATION AWARD - COMMENDATION
Dennis Formiatti of Formi Building Creators
Photos: Photo Hub - Ben Wrigley
A simple, low cost commission to refurbish a back deck has transformed the outdoor living space for a young couple with limited funds. Beautifully detailed woodwork includes seamless transitions between steps, hidden lighting to cast precise and welcoming arcs of light, and strong contrasts with practical but beautiful steel accents. What was once a rotting eyesore now works as seating, entertaining space and a theatre for living, and even includes storage for two kayaks. A new garden has been built, and the project has inspired a new understanding of the value of design and architecture.