Australia’s favourite house: Villa Marittima wins People’s Choice Award

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Villa Marittima, St Andrews Beach by Robin Williams Architect.

Villa Marittima, St Andrews Beach by Robin Williams Architect. Image: Dean Bradley

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Villa Marittima, St Andrews Beach by Robin Williams Architect.

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Villa Marittima, St Andrews Beach by Robin Williams Architect.

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Villa Marittima, St Andrews Beach by Robin Williams Architect.

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Villa Marittima, St Andrews Beach by Robin Williams Architect.

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Villa Marittima, St Andrews Beach by Robin Williams Architect has won the 2015 National Architecture Awards People’s Choice Award. Eleven residential projects were in the running to win the title.

Robin Williams Architect’s design frames expansive ocean views, which are gradually revealed as visitors ascend the sloped entryway, similar to the experience of climbing a sand dune.

The project was also a winner of the Residential Architecture Award – Houses (New) at the 2015 Victorian Architecture Awards. It also received a commendation at the 2015 Houses Awards for the New House over 200 m² category.

“To view Villa Marittima simply as a meticulously detailed example of minimalist architecture would be an incomplete interpretation,” the 2015 Victorian Architecture Awards jury commented. “This home presents a memorable series of living experiences which arise from unique architectural responses to the site, brief and the surrounding landscape.”

All the projects shortlisted by the national jury for the Residential Architecture – Houses (New) and Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions) categories were eligible for the People’s Choice Award.

The winners of the National Architecture Awards will be revealed at a ceremony in Brisbane on Thursday 5 November.

A full review of Villa Marittima will be included in issue 107 of Houses magazine, due out in December.


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