House for a Landscape Designer | Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

House for a Landscape Designer | Matt Gibson Architecture + Design | Photographer: Derek Swalwell

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

House for a Landscape Designer | Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

Traditional Land Owners
Wurundjeri
Year
2023
Chapter

Victoria

Category
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Builder
Hawthorn Projects
Photographer
Derek Swalwell
Project summary

Commissioned to assist Landscape Architect Ben Scott provide alterations and additions to his family home the site was also utilised as a canvas to showpiece Ben’s considerable landscape design skills.

Working collaboratively with Ben’s vision the arrangement facilitated proposed foliage to layer seamlessly with neighbours existing foliage enabling a feeling of an infinite unravelling garden.

Architecturally the intention was to provide an internal framework from which to view and activate the garden. The exterior of the addition acts more as landscape feature than primary object. In this sense the addition’s exterior reading goes largely unnoticed. Intimate flat roofed mid-century tones provide difference and deference to the Victorian building whilst keeping costs to a minimum.

Sometimes architecture’s role is to lead and conduct and create presence by nature of being seen, other times it can be to orchestrate equally important interactions without being seen -this is an example of the latter.

Victorian Jury Presentation

The new north facing wing floods natural light into the kitchen and living area, creating a space that draws our family together. This abundance of light and the relaxed tone of the timber finishes, is the perfect space for us to connect and brings a sense of calm.

Perhaps our favourite design element are the huge glass doors that stack open to bring the garden into the house. You can be in the pool and still converse with someone cooking in the kitchen or relaxing on the sofa. The design allows our family to connect and with the garden.

Project Practice Team

Cassie Southon, Project Architect
Ellie Taylor, Graduate of Architecture
Matt Gibson, Director – Design Overview

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Ben Scott Garden Design, Landscape Consultant
Clive Steele Partners, Engineer
CRA Survey PL, Building Surveyor
Energy Lab, ESD Consultant
Nissl Eichert Heating, Hydraulic Consultant

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