Lo­cal ex­cel­lence by de­sign

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - RESIDENTIAL -

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

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