2013 WINNER AWARD (MacCormick Simonian Architects)
EXCELLENCE IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT CITATION
The design of this house grows out of the rock face. lt is one with the natural form of the site and expresses its origins clearly and elegantly as it rises up from the earth. lt provides a subtle reference to the earth, sky and the sea in its design- all essential elements in the experience of this part of Mosman. The jury was impressed with the sense of adventure, thoughtfulness and changing sense of enclosure of the design from the entry into the site through the rock mouse hole up to the house and into the house itself.
The design arranges itself to respond uniquely to its context- its orientation, views and rock formations and is inextricably linked to its site. The jury commends this approach as it delivers an outcome for the home owner, the street and the area that truly expresses its surroundings.
The internal planning of the house provides for very flexible living and maximises the opportunity for water views and sun through its sinuous form, projecting elements and considered courtyard spaces.
In addition to its thoughtful design the dwelling provides a sustainable solution and minim ises life cycle costs for the owners. Materials hewn from the site are reused and expressed within the building form and the disturbance to the site has been minimised. Overall the jury felt that this design achieved excellence in the Built Environment for Mosman and congratulate the architect on a unique and exciting building.