2019 National Architecture Awards: National Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

Whitlam Place by Freadman White in collaboration with Anon Studio.

Jury citation

Abutting a pocket park in Fitzroy, Whitlam Place is a refreshingly joyful addition to Melbourne’s maturing multiple-housing typology. Confidently negotiating the neighbourhood context between urban condition and park, it offers a model for ambitious infill architecture, much needed to densify our suburbs. Subtle references abound. The development’s expressive facade of copper-infused concrete and framed window projections respectfully acknowledges its place.

In contrast to the typical offering, ceiling heights have been consciously lifted, providing generous light and space. Expansive terraces celebrate the southern aspect, soft light through the mature park trees and views to the suburb beyond. On the ground-floor terraces, operable chain mail curtains permit views to the park while maintaining privacy for occupants.

Playful gestures continue inside. Fluted walls with neon lighting and in situ terrazzo floors elevate the lobby experience. The interiors are light and generous with well appointed kitchens at their centre. Together with an ambitious client, Freadman White in collaboration with Anon Studio has delivered a model housing project that brings great delight to both its occupants and the neighbourhood community.

Whitlam Place is located in Fitzroy, Victoria, and built on the land of the Wurundjeri-willam people of the Kulin nation.

For more coverage, see Andy Fergus’s review from Architecture Australia Jul/Aug 2019.

Credits

Architect
Freadman White in collaboration with Anon Studio
Project Team
Freadman White: Ilana Freadman, Michael White, Anon Studio:Marcello Donati
Consultants
Builder Visioneer Builders
Engineer Meyer Consulting
Lighting Euroluce, Archier, Sphera, Ambience
Site details
Category Residential buildings
Type Apartments, Residential
Project Details
Status Built

Source

Award

Published online: 7 Nov 2019
Words: 2019 National Awards Jury
Images: Tom Ross

Issue

Architecture Australia, November 2019

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