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Winner: Residential Design – New Houses: $300,000–$500,000 construction cost

Robert Hamer

Vibe Design Group Pty Ltd
Michael O'Sullivan
(03) 1800 188 056
Nautilus Project, Beaumaris
Robert Hamer

The brief was for a space-conscious home, in a timeless and elegant style, to accommodate a family with two young children and frequent visiting guests. The site offered northern orientation to the rear, but suffered loss of privacy from large, double-storey residences opposite. The Judges believe this designer has demonstrated great skill in using raw shape and form to create a minimalist street façade. The seamless connection between the interior and exterior areas has allowed for a fully integrated design. Cleverly zoned areas comfortably accommodate both family and guests with optimum energy efficiency, in a classic modernist style, utilising low maintenance products. Raw shape and form is used to create a minimalist street façade. The line between interior and exterior space is blurred, allowing living areas to spill onto outdoor entertaining areas. The clever use of space and optimum energy efficiency ensure the design will be admired for years to come.

Special Comm: Residential Design – New Houses: $300,000–$500,000 construction cost

Northwood Farmhouse

Soul-House Building Design
Claudine Doublier or Karen Mew
(03) 9819 7844
Northwood Farmhouse
Claudine Doublier

Northwood Farm is a country holiday house in a rural setting near Seymour, Victoria. The owner, who runs a small-scale beef cattle farm at the property, wanted an earthy feel, plus robust materials, strong architectural shapes, as well as light and space. The farmhouse has been constructed within their budget. The modern, yet warm design is a building that blends well within its natural environment. The extensive use of stone helps to anchor the building. A natural palette of materials and textures, along with the interesting use of space, underlines the concept. The house offers unexpected space, and blends harmoniously with the rural surroundings. Zoned living areas offer privacy when needed. A courtyard both divides and links the living spaces and the bedroom wing, sheltering an outdoor spa. The owners immediately loved the warmth and solid feel of this farmhouse. The family is comfortably accommodated for weekend getaways, with peaceful outlooks from every aspect.