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2016 National Architecture Awards: Eleanor Cullis-Hill Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)

Jenny’s House by Rosevear Stephenson Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions): Eleanor Cullis-Hill Award Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

This beautifully refined work is as much a result of the maturity and intelligence of the architect as it is due to the generous and caring relationship between the architect and their client, Jenny. Evidence of this productive collaboration is manifest in two principal rooms on the site: a singular open-planned volume at the hands of the architect and a flourishing and intriguing garden executed by Jenny.

Only an elegant and finely crafted line of glazing sits at the junction of these two rooms. It is, however, the presence of the original external rear wall of the historic four-room brick cottage, now forming an interior wall, that leaves you questioning whether you are in fact already outside and occupying the garden. This is a pleasant and refreshingly simple architectural gesture.

It is through this profound connection to the garden setting – the changing light, plants and presence of the ground – that the owner may establish her own sense of belonging to the setting, which is layered in over one hundred years of history.

Jenny’s House was featured in a profile of Rosevear Stephenson from Houses 109.

Credits

Architect
Rosevear Architects
Battery Point, Hobart, Tas, Australia
Project Team
Craig Rosevear (design architect)
Consultants
Builder In2construction
Manager Aldanmark Consulting Engineers
Site details
Site type Suburban
Category Residential buildings
Type Alts and adds, Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built
Completion date 2015

Source

Award

Published online: 3 Nov 2016
Words: National Architecture Awards Jury 2016
Images: Ray Joyce

Issue

Architecture Australia, November 2016

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