2016 National Architecture Awards: Residential Architecture – Houses (New) Commendation

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House in Hamilton by phorm architecture and design with Tato Architects.

House in Hamilton by phorm architecture and design with Tato Architects. Image: Christopher Frederick Jones

House in Hamilton by phorm architecture and design with Tato Architects
Residential Architecture – Houses (New): National Commendation
Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

This house attempts to reinterpret the traditional Queenslander, yet the influence of a Japanese architect results in an exploratory solution that significantly departs from convention. Notable departures include reductive eaves and the absence of decks. Stacked and intersecting linear forms terminate as covered terraces rather than traditional verandahs and internal spaces dissolve with the outdoors through large-format retractable doors. The interiors are an integral contributor to the architectural solution and the detailing is robust, considered and cost-effective. This highly refined and curated home reflects the aspirations of the owner and their interest in Japanese culture and lifestyle, and the strategies at play have been clearly informed by the cultural influences of the client and the architectural team. House in Hamilton demonstrates the value of exploring an international interpretation of the local context and the architects have succeeded in making an important and intellectual contribution to Brisbane’s architectural landscape.


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