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BDAV 2012 Building Design Awards

Old Dairy Town

Commendation Residential Design - New Houses: $300k-500k construction cost

Designer:Dean Picken DesignsBuilder:Armistead Construction
Phone:(03) 5562 9823 Photographer:Dean Picken, Robin Sharrock 

This house, at Illowa in south-west Victoria, is so at ease in its surrounding landscape - its 'hunkered down' position ensures minimal visual impact on its environment. The design response provides a protected haven whilst availing its occupants splendid views to the south, and at the same time makes full use of the northern aspect.

Excellent environmental credentials and a high energy rating guarantee minimum ongoing running costs.

A robust but minimal palette of natural finishes, used both externally and internally, creates a bold, simple statement, serving to emphasise the grandeur that is apparent through the vast expanses of glazing along the north and south faƧades. This minimalist approach is also reflected in the long, sparing forms of the building, creating a total effect of expansiveness and ease, symbolic of its shoreline location.