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BDAV 2012 Building Design Awards

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Winner Building Design of the Year 2012

Winner Most Innovative Use of Steel

Commendation Residential Design - New Houses: $500K-$1M construction cost

Commendation Interior Design: Residential

Commendation Most Innovative Kitchen Design

Designer:Clever DesignBuilder:Leigh Glover
Phone:(03) 6248 8283 Photographer:Richard Eastwood
Web:www.cleverdesign.com.au 

A steeply sloping site with extensive estuary views drives this design, which is an exercise in minimalism and precision. Sharp skillion roof forms float over a dynamic arrangement of forms which are partially dug into the ground at the approach, only to erupt into a spectacular cantilevered living area and associated deck which shoot out across the contours of the site to take advantage of both north light and the 180 degree views.

Bedroom areas are laid out perpendicular to the form containing the entry and living areas, and are safely anchored in the ground. An external space formed by rough textured blade walls and flying steel beams provides a private garden accessible from the main ensuite and, along with polished timber decking, enhances the legibility of the entry.

The designer is thoroughly at ease with his materials – steel and glass are expertly detailed, ensuring that the dynamism of the external forms runs through the interior volumes, and ceilings appear to float over walls. The interiors are suitably spare, and are wholly informed by the structure, with the open plan kitchen elements stopping short of the ceiling so as not to interrupt the flow of space. Gleaming polished concrete floors provide a backdrop to shining white cabinetry and a cantilevered island bench. Frameless panels of translucent glass slide to provide privacy as required, and to allow for views throughout the house.

The totality of this design is testament to its author's skills. The execution is exceptional, and all elements have been carefully considered and work together to provide a beautifully resolved building with no extraneous detail. Most of all, the house illustrates the designer's ability to conceive of a building as not just a shelter, but as an experience, earning the project a worthy award for Building Design of the Year.