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2017 National Architecture Awards: Residential Architecture – Houses (New) Commendation

Dark Horse by Architecture Architecture Residential Architecture – Houses (New): National Commendation Australian Institute of Architects

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Within its modest streetscape of worker’s cottages, the first hint of this “reconstructed” row house is a playful facade echoing its pair. Internally, every part of this compact yet uncompromisingly contemporary dwelling is worked with precision and assembled as fine joinery. An inventive structure cantilevers from a central spine, allowing thin prefabricated party walls to maximize width in the narrow site. Materials were carefully selected to amplify location and precious allocation of space organized around an intimate courtyard maximizes daylight and the sense of scale. This is a demonstration of urban living tailored finely for a tech-savvy client who delights in its comfort.


Architecture Architecture
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Nick James, Michael Roper (design architects), Anna Nguyen (project architect)
Builder Sinjen
Building surveyor GE Building Surveyors
Engineer Acor Kersulting
Site details
Location Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Category Residential buildings
Type Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 2 Nov 2017
Words: 2017 National Architecture Awards Jury
Images: Peter Bennetts


Architecture Australia, November 2017

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