Local excellence by design
TWO local projects have impressed judges at this year’s Building Designers Association of WA Design Awards, held on Saturday at Fridays Studio.
A modest Darlington home inspired by the farmhouses of Europe and dubbed The Oxley House (pictured bottom right) was named best new residential design up to $500,000 and scored a commendation in the best residential interior design category.
“Nestled in an elevated site in Darlington with outstanding views over the ranges, The Oxley House is a masterclass in restrained design and affordability,” the judges said.
“The Colorbond Trimdek roof emerges from amongst native bushland, projecting its European barn-inspired vision.
“A restrictive $500,000 budget encouraged some lateral thinking from the designer, who employed SIPS panels in its many incarnations to develop the home’s unique exterior and interiors.
“Soaring ceilings and walls in a mix of plasterboard, timber panelling and OSB boards are anchored by dark floors across the two floors on the modest 117sq m footprint.
“With a three-month build time, Oxley House is a true changemaker in its category.”
The Seven Kalamunda (pictured above) project by John Damant at Arcologic walked away with the best grouped dwelling design prize for its clever execution of five sustainable villas.
The brief called for high energy-efficient homes