Countershade | Finnis Architecture and Interiors

Countershade | Finnis Architecture and Interiors | Photographer: Damien Kook

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Countershade | Finnis Architecture and Interiors

Traditional Land Owners


Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
Damien Kook
Project summary

A home amongst the gumtrees…

Situated in direct proximity to a lush nature reserve, one could be mistaken for thinking this striking dual occupancy dwelling was located in a rural setting. Countershade was an exercise in downsizing without compromising quality or connection to outdoor space.

A calming ambience kindles within, cloaking inhabitants with a warm and homely sensation that is nurtured through the highly considered palette. Manuka toned joinery adds a softness to the robust materials of concrete and stone, mimicking the shadows that fall beneath the tree canopy.

The dappled light that casts through the venetians, the subtle rustle of the trees, and the breeze flowing through the house. Countershade suggests biophilic connections that are a true celebration of the landscape. Whilst Countershade is a dual occupancy development, it was foremost a process of understanding and encompassing the principles that underpin a home.

Victorian Jury Presentation

‘Countershade’ is a wonderful result of architectural design excellence with natural finishes to create serenity in an urban environment. Being a smart home with six-star energy rating, incorporating solar panels, double glazing, hydronic floor heating in polished natural aggregate, complimented with central zoned air conditioning creates constant lovely clean ambient temperature and livability in Melbourne’s variable weather. Designed with a substantial home office overlooking natural bush parkland, with abundant natural light creates an idyllic work environment. The spaciously proportioned open plan living area, is complimented with a magnificently designed kitchen, all with park aspect, makes entertaining a delightful experience.

Project Practice Team

Arek Lipinski, n.a
Damon Hills, Project Architect
Michael Welgus, Interior Designer

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Clive Steele Partners PTY LTD, Structural Engineer
Floreancig Smith Building Surveyors, Building Surveyor
John Patrick, Landscape Consultant

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Countershade | Finnis Architecture and Interiors | Photographer: Damien Kook

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