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BDAV 2015 Building Design Awards

The Phoenix Project

WinnerPeople’s Choice Award

Designer: Hemingway Building Design Builder: Owner-Builder
Photographer: Daniel Mahon Location: Kinglake West, VIC

The client’s family home was completely destroyed in the Kinglake fires. The family still had an emotional and physical attachment to the site but were acutely aware of the risks attached to rebuilding in such a location. Understandably, their first priority was that the building could withstand another bushfire of similar intensity to that of the last. The outcome has met the client brief without compromise. The combination of sighting, design and careful selection of materials has resulted in a home that is aesthetically pleasing, functional, practical and fire-resistant, while still remaining under budget. The extensive use of Hebel panel on exterior walls has allowed interesting shapes while providing a well-documented barrier against heat and cold. The siting of the water feature at the base of the large north-facing glass structure gives the occupants an intriguing reflective element, and also serves to extinguish embers in the unfortunate event of another bush fire. Overall, the home sits well on the site, and nestles into the landscape complemented by extensive drystone masonry.