Live Well House | Swanbury Penglase

Live Well House | Swanbury Penglase | Photographer: David Russell

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Live Well House | Swanbury Penglase

Traditional Land Owners

South Australia

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Gilmore Construction + Interiors
David Russell
Project summary

The new residence for empty nesters is located within Unley, surrounded by villa-styled residences with a heritage overlay.

The building & garden draws inspiration from Japanese + mid-century influences and ecologically sustainable principles. The residence has a strong & unique presence within the streetscape but does not overpower its neighbours.

The client’s previous residence was designed around a series of pavilions based on home activities & in this design the pavilion approach has adopted a simpler format to suit the occupants.

The pavilions are surrounded by water+garden features, and as such the delineation between the outdoor & indoor spaces has been blurred.

The stone entrance wall anchors the residence to the streetscape, whilst the combination of light-weight cladding materials, large spans of glazing + sliding doors reinforce the lightness & openness of the internal spaces.

Water plays an important role in the design of the residence & garden for its visual and relaxing qualities for occupants & visitors alike.

South Australia Jury Presentation

The design has enabled a seamless fusion of the inside & outside as one.

Our love of gardening infiltrates the living spaces.

Waking each day to the sound of cascading water & visualizing our gardens is a treat!

In summer the house is cool & in winter it’s warm.

The open spaces, perfect for entertaining, are filled with an abundance of natural light.

We love the textures of the cladding stone & wood, and the randomness that plays out with these materials.

To ‘live well’, you need an environment which makes you feel in harmony with your surroundings. This design certainly achieves its goal.

Project Practice Team

Andrew Phillips, Design Architect
Bailey Sturrus, Graduate of Architecture
Felicity Hope, Interior Design

Project Consultant and Construction Team

CPR Engineers, Structural Engineer
David Russell, Photographer
Meredith Phillips, Artist
Peter Phillips, Landscape Architect
Peter Stubbs, Garden Designer
SUHO, Energy Consultant

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