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Best Interior Design: Residential

Anglesea Project

M G Design & Building Pty Ltd for Anglesea Project
(03) 5261 3304
(This project also won the award for Most Effective Use of Timber.)

“The client’s brief was the realisation of the significance of the site, as it was one of only four blocks, covered in natural bushland at Anglesea, to be sub-divided from what had been a natural reserve for decades,” said Mark Gleeson of M G Design & Building. “Something unique, contemporary, and blending with the natural environment.”

“This two-storey rendered brick and timber-clad residence at Anglesea had to accommodate guests as well as older children. The client wanted to be able to run their city business if necessary, while staying at the beach house, but also wanted to create an environment where one can totally relax and entertain friends and accommodate family members in the manner they are accustomed.

It was important to have some ‘features’ within the home that were practical as well as visually exciting, however these were left up to me. Finishes were to be of a standard that the owners would be comfortable enough to be able to ‘retire’ to this home. Even though the brief was fairly open ended, much discussion and a couple of ‘layout’ versions were designed before the client settled on the final floor plan. The external look of the house was totally up to me, as the clients had difficulty in visualizing things….I presented a three-dimensional ‘hand drawn’ front elevation as viewed from Fifth Ave, which they were very comfortable with.

“The Judges agreed that the interior of this residence uses a balance of colour and materials to create a warm and inviting home,” said Geoff Hoare, Chair of the Judging Panel. “The feature timber ceiling panels are used to good effect, and the indirect lighting creates a pleasant ambience within the home. The resultant interior design demonstrates the successful outcome that can be achieved when interior design and building design work in harmony.”