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

Rose House by Baracco and Wright Architects Residential Architecture – Houses (New): National Commendation Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

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.


Baracco + Wright Architects
Northcote, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Mauro Baracco, Louise Wright, Catherine Horwill, Jonathan Ware
Builder Atma Builders
Cabinetry Koumas Joinery
Engineer Meyer Consulting
Heating consultant Nissl Eichert Heating
Surveyor Robert Hatch
Site details
Site type Suburban
Category Residential buildings
Type Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 2 Nov 2017
Words: 2017 National Architecture Awards Jury
Images: Andrew Kidman


Architecture Australia, November 2017

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