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Building Design of the Year 2003

Red Hill Project

Winner: Best Residential Design of a Contract Home: Over 400sqm)
Winner: Building Design of the Year 2003

JMA Design
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Red Hill Project

The Judges were unanimous in awarding this residence with pool on a rural lot at Red Hill the 2003 Building Design of the Year. The project also won the Award for Best Residential Design of a Contract Home over 400 sqm.

The home comprises a separate parents’ area on one side, and a children's zone with its own entry on the other, which features three bedrooms, a rumpus room and a bathroom for the children, and offers flexibility for future growth.

The project is a unique building resting in harmony with the natural landscape. It also utilises passive solar design principles – a major consideration in today’s environmentally-aware world.

Every room in the house has access to the vista. The judges were especially attracted to the well proportioned and overall sculptural nature of the entry. The topography of the site suits the low juxtaposed forms. These forms sit well in the landscape – some forms being angled, some having vertical edges, but each relating to the whole in a subtle yet exciting way. Combined with carefully planned separate activity zones for parents and children and well considered use of passive solar design principles, the result is strongly Australian in character. The choice of colours for the exterior is reminiscent of the soft pastel shades of fallen gum leaves. It is a building which the judges felt will prove to have timeless appeal.

The clients are ecstatic about their house. It satisfies all their aspirations, and is something of which they are immensely proud.

This Red Hill home impresses immediately with its innovative approach to design. The attention to detail, the siting and orientation, the quality of the finishes and the harmonious relationship with the surrounding natural features, demonstrate not only design skill but a close client-designer understanding. The overall project is outstanding.