Last week, Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA) received Australia’s preeminent prize for residential architecture, the Robin Boyd Award, for its House at Hanging Rock. In the wake of the award, we revisit our coverage of the practice over the past decade-and-a-half to reveal a near-peerless output of highly considered houses and homes.
“No matter how good KTA houses are when they are just finished, they are almost always better a few years on, once the house has settled, the landscape has grown and the occupants have made the house their own.”
“Thompson is one of those Australian architects who can successfully combine urban, suburban and rural address in a single building, fusing the major building genres and finding monumental presence from the compression and eloquence of multiple forms and voices.”
“The project establishes a bench mark for what the best medium density housing can be. It is generous to its surroundings, challenging in its inventive spatial disposition and contributes to our understanding of what contemporary dwelling design can achieve - it is definitely ‘real architecture’!”
Shane Murray pays a visit to an early but very influential multi-residential project by KTA, Napier Street Housing (2001), that finds opportunity for generosity within a tight, tough urban site in Melbourne’s Fitzroy. Read more…
“The earth-slicing wall declares an attitude to being-in-the-landscape that defies the temporary quality promoted by bush-pavilion architectures. Perhaps this confidently resolved work signals the arrival of a new Australian hybrid, formed by the dynamic conjunction of a wall-house with a stilt pavilion.”
After it was established in 1994, KTA quickly began drawing national attention for its unique approach to residential design. Here, Leon van Schaik reflects on the practice’s West Coast House, Apollo Bay, for Architecture Australia’s September 1999 edition. Read more…
Crafted intelligently from straightforward materials, houses by Kerstin Thompson Architects are robust spaces for living in.
See the tremendous body of work by KTA here.