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2014 Houses Awards: House in a Heritage Context

House in a Heritage Context – joint winner Westgarth House by Kennedy Nolan Architects 2014 Houses Awards

Jury comment

Set on a corner block with its frontage to the narrow dimension, the original configuration of this house ignored the site’s long side boundary, the potential of space behind it and the desirable northern aspect. The insightful decision made by the architect to shift the entry to the long side of the site allows visitors to enter into the freer living spaces and provides a strong connection with the garden. This rationalizes the spaces in the early building as the more private and personal family accommodation.

Imaginative use of readily available materials and standard construction techniques have been applied to create this very successful example of a collaboration between owner, architect and a skilled builder. This well-crafted economical dwelling clearly provides an engaging and responsive family house and is a replicable approach to thoughtfully dealing with early heritage building stock.

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Award for Heritage supported by Heritage Council Victoria.


Kennedy Nolan Architects
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Rachel Nolan, Patrick Kennedy, Adriana Hanna, Frank Vedelago, Victoria Reeves, Susan Syer
Builder Greg Scott Constructions
Engineer Acor Kersulting
Landscape Sam Cox Landscaping
Site details
Location Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Category Residential buildings
Type Heritage, Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built
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