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

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Dark Horse by Architecture Architecture.

Dark Horse by Architecture Architecture. Image: Peter Bennetts

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

Jury citation

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.

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