BCA CERTIFIERS MERVYN WILLOUGHBY-THOMAS RENOVATION AWARD
PHILIP LEESON ARCHITECTS
A charcoal box extension not visible from the street, contrasts with the original heritage listed cottage. Set perpendicular to the existing the extension promises minimal intervention. Internally, there is a subtle marriage between new and old, which embraces the architect’s previously tuned renovation around the kitchen. A simple palette of materials and details and a considered spatial connection link and integrate the new living area, main bedroom, bathroom, and storage. The deck completes the ensemble.
From the back yard, this new ‘tardis’ is well accommodated by the lawn garden and modified car accommodation.
Together, it exemplifies modernity on a balanced budget.
As home office, personal gallery and well-loved house, the owners now embrace an essence through good architecture.
THE JURY FOR THE 2012 BCA CERTIFIERS MERVYN WILLOUGHBY-THOMAS RENOVATION AWARD CONSISTED OF
Judith Phillips FRAIA - Phillips & Associates Architects
Dennis Formiatti FRAIA - Formi Building Creators
Robert Wilson - Editor, Capital Magazine
This award was established in recognition of Mervyn Willoughby-Thomas for his commitment and dedication to the work of Archicentre and small practices in the ACT. The purpose of this award, now in its eighth year, is to encourage small practices to enter the Institute’s Architecture Awards and to bring modest projects, such as alterations and additions, into the spotlight.
IMAGES: PHILIP LEESON & ROB HENRY