Jury's Comment: The Shearers Quarters is located on an historic farming property on North Bruny Island, on land first granted to Captain James Kelly in 1840. The building sits as a companion building to the historic cottage constructed by Kelly and provides accommodation for the shearers and rural contractors. Making use of local and recycled timbers the building design forms a holistic story between the artist, home and setting. This project displays the notion that timber is a vehicle for telling stories about places, as a great canvas for those who inhabit the building. The adaptive use of materials is impressive and the timber usage is creative in design with its unusual panel size and offset joints adding texture throughout. The wooden bookcase in the living space is a standout feature.
Commendation: HOUSE house
Architect: Andrew Maynard Architects
The House House Project uses timber to bring domestic warmth to the inside of the Victorian terrace, with attention to detail throughout. There is an effective reuse of existing materials, such as existing pine boards which are beautifully offset against the new flooring. The architect is to be commended on the selective use of timber, used for effect but not overpowering the space.
Commendation: Fairhaven Residence
Architect: John Wardle Architects
This Fairhaven (VIC) beach house followed a design process akin to scenography, bringing together sensory and spatial experiences to frame the theatre of inhabitation within. The interior of the house is completely lined in blackbutt timber; an immersive and beautiful use of this particular species. The recycled stringy bark kitchen island, and the timber furniture which was specifically designed for the house, is an impressive feature showcasing the architect as a master craftsman.