AWARD FOR RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE - HOUSES
NMBW ARCHITECTURE STUDIO
CATEGORY: RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE - HOUSES
At first impression this is a commonplace suburban house, detached, single storey, long side to the north, with an open carport and multiple connections to various outdoor spaces and garden areas. Such a statement would however miss the successes of an accomplished work of architecture.
The house sits back from its street corner location, amid garden spaces on all sides. The loose floor plan groups the pairs of bedrooms either side of the central living room, which extends from front to back, and the plan is further articulated by bands and blocks of service rooms. The timber roof structure is a distinctive element of the house. Longitudinal scissor beams give the house a low-slung silhouette, which is perceived externally and experienced internally.
The exterior makes spare use of materials. There are two end walls in blockwork plus some vertical timber cladding and translucent sheeting between the beams. Internally, walls and ceilings are in limed plywood sheets. Sustainability is expressed throughout, from the low energy standard materials to the orientation and positive expression of the rainwater capture and storage. Although much smaller than the average contemporary project home, the interiors offer spatial expansion, comfort, connections to the gardens and moments of delight.
Refreshingly modest, the Aranda House offers a memorable model of the individual house as a relaxed home.
Architect/Practice: NMBW Architecture Studio
Practice Team: Marika Neustupny (Design Architect), Nigel Bertram (Design Architect), Lucinda McLean (Design Architect), Catherine Townsend (Associate Architect), Laura Harper, Ralf Rehak
Consultant Team: Felicetti (Structural consultant), BCA Certifiers (Building Surveyor)
Construction Team: Ewer Constructions (Builder)
Photographer: Lisa Mckelvie (image 1 & 2), NMBW Architecture Studio (image 3)