Residential dwelling - alteration or new build award winners

Winners and commendations of the City of Port Phillip Design and Development Awards for new builds or alterations and additions to an existing attached or detached single dwelling.

2020 Winner

Project name: Albert Park Curved Pleated Façade

Architect: AdeB Architects
Location: Albert Park

A refined and elegant architectural solution for a prominent Edwardian Villa. Two delightfully ornate, extremely well resolved and finely detailed curved pebble-shaped forms float behind the original heritage roofs and evoke a mottled Australian landscape, with a sensitivity that matches the highly decorated brickwork of the original building.

Skilfully negotiating the parameters of its corner siting, it is clear this project has sensitively worked to recede where appropriate, align walls to mirror neighbouring sites and be both polite but determined in its resolution. A beautiful central courtyard has been created that offers the family within a stunning view of the pleated screened façade above.

This project is a pleasure to see from the street and offers the best of what contemporary design can offer.

For more information, visit AdeB Architects.

2020 Commendations

Project name: York St Residence

Architect: Jackson Clements Burrows
Location: St Kilda

It seems only fitting when the solid robust nature of a heritage home is matched with a similar level of weightiness and considered ornamentation for the rear extension – even when this structure cannot be viewed from the street. This beautifully detailed charcoal hit-and-miss brick nugget twists and turns to allow artful solar gain, maximum cross ventilation and access to leafy garden views, rendering the project a strong winner.

With a sculptural formal expression that almost camouflages the home’s mass, the smarts of the renovation lay in the clear and careful separation between the existing heritage building and the new. Bravo.

For more information, visit JCB Architects.

Project name: Downside Up House

Architect: WALA
Location: Albert Park

This delightfully playful, tight and right renovation to a heritage weatherboard on a corner 'pizza shaped' site is an absolute gem and should be held up as an exemplar approach for any would-be client. The zig-zag motif ornament of the upper storey references the urban hip rooves of its Albert Park context whilst also providing shading and privacy for the rooms and balcony behind. At ground floor, a level of generosity is shown to the street with a planted folded nook that reinforces the project’s offer of a civic-minded respite to the linear geometry of the area.

Choosing a painted timber material pallet to match and mirror the old feels appropriate and charming. Having also achieved an exceptional sustainability rating, this home is a worthy winner.

For more information, visit WALA architects.

Project name: Brick and Gable House

Architect: Breathe Architecture
Location: Port Melbourne

Facing the back lane way with courage and conviction, the artfully laid brick façade of this project exemplifies all that’s good about rear studio ‘barn style’ pavilions on the back of many terrace houses. The delightful composition of the door and apertures demonstrates a degree of care that should be awarded these often down-specked additions whilst remaining modest.

The presence of red recycled brick within the interior of the project is delightful and blurs the lines between interior and garden. Championing functionality, liveability and sustainability, this project was awarded because it also demonstrated lovability.

For more information, visit Breathe.

2018 Winners

Project name: Acute House

Architect: OOF! Architecture with Mitty Price
Location: Albert Park

Acute House is an innovative and authentic contemporary intervention that celebrates the original timber cottage and makes a powerful, relevant contribution to its urban context. It has been cleverly and tightly planned to create a delightful home on a tiny and complex block.

For more information, visit OOF! Architecture.

Project name: St Kilda Mixed Use House

Architect: DDB Design Development and Building with Matt Gibson Architecture + Design
Location: St Kilda

This new residence is a sensitive, finely proportioned and detailed addition to Wellington Street that sets a new quality benchmark for the precinct. Well scaled, engaging, adaptable, it is a clever solution to suit a modern family.

For more information, visit DDB Design and Matt Gibson Architecture + Design.

2018 Commendations

Project name: Baffle House

Architect: Clare Cousins Architects with CBD Contracting and Eckersley Garden Architecture
Location: St Kilda

This contemporary 'garden pavilion' is a compact addition to an Edwardian cottage, designed to maximise engagement with a small back yard. The whole project is a lesson in design efficiency, where functional living spaces are perfectly orientated and connected. This modest project rethinks the heritage-area rear addition from first principles – and makes this complex task seem completely clear and simple.

For more information, visit Clare Cousins Architects.

Project name: Beeston Reid House

Architect: RBA Architects + Conservation Consultants
Location: Middle Park

Page Street residence, 'Waimeais' an alterations and additions project to an existing 1890s Victorian cottage, located within a heritage precinct. It integrates heritage conservation principles with contemporary architectural design, resulting in a sensitive, creative design that reinterprets the former workers cottage as a contemporary home for a professional family.

For more information, visit RBA Architects.

Project name: Myrtle Tree House

Architect: MAKE architecture
Location: Balaclava

The light-filled nature of this addition to a Californian bungalow impressed the jury with the interplay between indoor and outdoor spaces. The complex brief has been executed thoughtfully with striking results.

For more information, visit Studio Bright (formerly known as MAKE Architecture).

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