Naranga Avenue House by James Russell Architect stood out clear of the pack in the New House under 200 m2 category. The project has a sublime, ephemeral quality, with a simple skin of delicate breezeblocks. A close collaboration between architect and engineer made the modular timber frame and skin work with minimal steel.
This clear idea for shelter provides occupants with protection that shields them from the sun, lets breezes through the dwelling and mitigates the wet weather (turning heavy rain into a light mist), while also providing for essential privacy and security in the eclectic Florida Gardens 1960s canal estate siting.
The focus for the project then becomes the internal courtyard gardens, a transitional series of spaces that celebrates a democratic freedom in the plan – connecting and placing you in conversation with country, like a small village between forest and pool.
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Award for New House under 200 m2 is supported by Artedomus.
- James Russell Architect
Brisbane, Qld, Australia
- Project Team
- James Russell, John Ellway, Ash Brown
Engineer Westera Partners
- Site details
Category Residential buildings
Type Houses, Residential
- Project Details
Completion date 2016
Published online: 22 Jul 2016
Images: Toby Scott
Houses, July 2016