2020 ACT Architecture Awards: People's Choice
Coolbardie House | de Rome Architects
Residential Architecture | Houses (New)
The client’s vision for the Coolbardie House stems from a desire to make an environmental statement and inspire others to do the same. It is about future-proofing their future living needs and that of the environment.
The house embodies the concept of ‘less is more’. The goal was to take away redundant space so that the house is defined by spaces and experiences that are truly important. The house has only two bedrooms, one living area, a study nook, and two bathrooms.
The minimal spaces fundamentally come to life via the connections made between them and successfully capturing competing experiences: privacy and seclusion, yet also openness and communal living. Overall, access to sunlight curates the organisation of internal spaces. Multiple connections to the outdoors anchors the dwelling to its site. The house proudly, but quietly fronts the street. Striking yet simple white metal cladding defines the humble low-lying building form.
How does the design benefit the way you live/work/play/operate/educate/other?
The design has realised our vision. The orientation, natural light and air-flow of the house has reduced our impact on the
environment. Our power consumption has reduced by 55%.
The position of each room enables the efficient flow of our daily life. The design is void of wasted space yet allows the opportunity for independent activities and privacy for visitors. Guests leave reflecting on their own energy consumption and utilisation of living space.
The intriguing design has attracted near and far neighbours. The conversations it has generated has woven us into the fabric of our community sooner than we expected.
Jessica de Rome – Design Architect
Ursula Embry – Graduate of Architecture
CONSULTANT AND CONSTRUCTION TEAM
35 Degrees Pty Ltd – Builder
John Skurr Consulting Engineers – Structural Engineer
Fifth Lane Photography – Photographer