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BDAV 2016 Building Design Awards

Upsidedown House

Winner Residential Design: Best Small Lot Design

Designer: UMBAU placeformspace
Builder: Paul Howes Construction
Photographer: Simon Black, The Black Arts Photography
Location: Northcote, VIC

This small back laneway site has been given a new lease of life with the addition of this little gem. Working with a small site of 225sqm – and all the design constraint’s that are inherent with a site of this size – the resulting design outcome for this Upsidedown Laneway house is a remarkable achievement. Planning of the bedroom zones on the ground floor has allowed for the inhabitants to gaze out from the living zones across a generous pergola covered deck and beyond to the surrounding area through expansive north facing glazing. Like any good design outcome, good planning and clever design has turned design constraints into design potential, resulting in an award winning project.