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

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.


Project Team
Paul Hotston, Yo Shimada (principal architects); Yohei Omura, Chihiro Ishii (project architects)
Architect Phorm Architecture and Design, Tato Architects
Builder MCD Construction
Cabinetry Sunshine State Cabinets
Certifier Fluid Approvals
Cladding manufacturer CSR Lighweight Systems
Custom furniture Roy Schack Fine Furniture
Engineer Bligh Tanner
Geotechnical consultants Soil Surveys
Landscape consultant Green Outlook
Lighting consultant Caribou, Inlite
Stainless steel fabrication Watkins Steel
Site details
Location Hamilton,  Qld,  Australia
Site type Suburban
Category Residential buildings
Type Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built
Completion date 2015



Published online: 3 Nov 2016
Words: National Architecture Awards Jury 2016
Images: Christopher Frederick Jones


Architecture Australia, November 2016

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