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BDAV 2015 Building Design Awards

Anderson Residence

WinnerResidential Design: Alterations & Additions over $500K

Joint WinnerExcellence in Use of Timber

Designer: EME Design Pty Ltd Builder: Andrew Bazell Building
Photographer: EME Design Location: Grey River, VIC
Web: www.emedesign.com.au

The Anderson Residence is awarded the maillot jaune among its competitors in this category. The result of a fully considered masterplan that encapsulates its surroundings, site context and topography, and transforms an exposed, tired old drab beach shack into an amazing re-imagined beautiful modern home, embracing the bush forest ascending to Mount Sabine to the north-east and the rugged ocean foreshore of Bass Strait to the south-east. The design masterfully responds to the brief, offering multifunctional living and entertaining uses for multiple generations, including autonomy and privacy for holiday guests, and reprise from the busy Great Ocean Road traffic. Interior zones are relocated and re-prioritised to capture the ocean views and breezes for through cross-ventilation and climate control combined with solar efficiency. Rainwater is harvested with abundant storage. Bushfire attack has been a major consideration in the design and selection of materials. Night and day the interior ambience offers a warm, snug, wintry retreat, and a cool breezy summer’s delight. Forest-scapes and ocean-scapes are framed by strategically placed and proportionate windows. External intimate elevated decks embrace the sweeping ocean views. Cosy protected courtyards offer alternate retreats. A combination of carefully selected organic tones and colours, materials and textures co-exist with the greys and browns of the forest and volcanic rocky foreshore. These immediately connect the residence with a sense of place and ownership as it rests snuggling into its hillside. The Anderson Residence is now the breakaway among its tight cluster of beachside neighbours and leads by a well-deserved margin as clear winner in this category.