Deepdene House by Kennedy Nolan
Residential Architecture – Houses (New): National Award
Australian Institute of Architects
The Deepdene House represents a confident assembly of threads that are evident in the past work of the architect. The presentation of this home to the streetscape is as important as the resolution of the expansive program. The house respectfully acknowledges the surrounding neighbourhood context; however, it also employs subtle shifts that elevate the architecture beyond simple references to the past. Behind a high fence (which is typical for the street) is a pyramid roof of terracotta shingles dressed in a recessed copper skirt. The roof is offset by tapering brick chimneys capped in handmade terracotta chimneypots and the combination of these elements stimulates a sense of enquiry. Arguably this strategy succeeds in giving back to the street what the high fences take away. The roof form encloses the primary open-plan living space, strategically connecting pool, garden and kitchen. Beyond the terracotta and brick pavilion, a two-storey rear wing of brick and concrete efficiently accommodates sleeping areas for a family of seven and necessary service and retreat spaces. The interiors are integral to the atmosphere of this comfortable family home, successfully combining robustness with a level of appropriate refinement. The result is a welcoming family home that will be appreciated for many years by its neighbours as much as by its occupants.