Rose House by Baracco and Wright Architects
Residential Architecture – Houses (New): National Commendation
Australian Institute of Architects
On a prominent triangular site opposite large parklands, and with three activated frontages, this bold work balances its residential program with a responsive civic presence. A singular brick form creates a street-protected retreat for the inhabitants reminiscent of other humble parkland structures. Avoiding the obvious large deck space overlooking the park, the living spaces are pushed forward to the street edge, screened from passers-by. Wraparound windows emphasize the view and can be thrown fully open in a verandah-like gesture. Devices such as veiling mesh curtains help control the public/private living duality in this valuable demonstration of design flexibility for inner-urban density.
Rose House will be reviewed by David Neustein in a future issue of Architecture Australia.