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A Taylor and Hinds’ addition has taken out one of the state’s highest design awards .
TAKING home two major awards at the 2017 Tasmanian Architecture Awards was a surprise for Mat and Poppy of Taylor and Hinds Architects.
While the couple has enjoyed awards success in the past, Mat said the calibre of the work they were pitted against this year was truly outstanding.
Taylor and Hinds won the pinnacle Esmond Dorney Award for Residential Architecture for the Cross House, at Franklin, and the Edith Emery Award for Residential Architecture (Alterations and Additions) for their Longview Ave Garden Room, in Sandy Bay.
Both homes are also finalists in Houses magazine’s architecture awards which will be decided next month.
In a link that is impossible to miss, Taylor and Hinds’ work on the Sandy Bay property – which was originally owned by and designed by Edith Emery – won the award that has been changed this year to bear her name. It added a unique pressure to the project.
Mat described her original 1958 house as a modernist home, unpretentious and brilliantly sited.
“We did as much as we could to honour Edith’s hand and take cues from the original building,” he said.
“Her work has such as strong sense of livability. Her houses are fabulous to live in, they work really well with their gardens and have privacy and access to sunlight – those things mattered to the way we thought about this project.”
Mat and Poppy created a new living space and updated the home’s interior.
They carried the existing stepping brick foundation into the rear garden to create the new living platform.
The white timber framed addition references the original home’s white painted openings. While the pair kept the new addition low to preserve the original roofline.
In the early stages of the process, Mat said people they spoke with, such as engineers, suggested extending the roof up.
“But we thought that the roofline was such a clear move on Edith’s part that we needed to be careful with it,” he said.
“To keep the extension lower than the original roof meant it also sat low in the garden, it kept the cost down, and it made the original move of the roof clear.”
Internally, stained Tasmanian oak and blackwood joinery acknowledge the texture of the original home.
A new kitchen, which features a bench that overlooks the river where the owners have breakfast daily, was positioned to attract the eastern light.
“There is also a little moment where we “cant” a window back so you can sit in the window with a direct line-of-sight to
the city,” Mat said.
“It plays with the idea of an intimate space with a big aspect.”
The current owners bought the house from Edith Emery’s family.
Mat said they were aware of the history of the house.
“They gave us Edith’s original pen and wash drawings to work with. Most importantly, they are thrilled, over the moon, with their new house,” he said.
The judges described Taylor and Hinds’ work as being “thoughtfully, economically and expressively undertaken”.
“The architects’ carefully considered respect and understanding of the attributes of the original house have resulted in the accomplished achievement of a sense of effortless inevitability in the completed work,” they said.
Her houses are fabulous to live in, they work really well with their gardens and have privacy and access to sunlight – those things mattered to the way we thought about this project