2017 National Architecture Awards: Houses (Alterations and Additions) Commendation

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Dornoch Terrace House by James Russell Architect.

Dornoch Terrace House by James Russell Architect. Image: Toby Scott

Dornoch Terrace House by James Russell Architect
Houses (Alterations and Additions): National Commendation
Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

New life has been inventively breathed into an almost derelict squat with a colourful history. On a steeply sloping site the plan weaves down, around and under the existing timber house into a newly activated undercroft, providing a heart for family life. Testing and pushing boundaries of conventional materials and planning, the design provides hidden doors, maze-like circulation, verandah additions and sleep-outs that all contribute to a richly textured domain supporting the rough and tumble of domesticity. This is a climate-sensitive, low-tech and site-responsive project with a spatially clever take on conventional house planning.

Dornoch Terrace House was reviewed by Michelle Bailey in Houses 112.


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