Winning Project:

Roscommon Houseby Neil Cownie Architect

Award Finalists:

102 The Mill by Carter Williamson Architects

Bulleen Residence by Urbourne Architecture

Old Be-al by FMD Architects

The New Benison by Eco Design Architects and Against the Grain Building and Renovating

Zinc Houses by LLDS

Winning Project Details -

Structural Engineer: Calibre Consulting

Builder: Mosman Bay Construction

Fabricator: Abbott’solutely Timber

Photographer: Michael Nicholson

Location: Perth, Western Australia

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Project description:

Roscommon House is constructed primarily from concrete and despite being appearing as a concrete building from the outside, the house’s interiors are remarkably warm, a result achieved through the extensive use of timber.
The architect faced with the brutal aesthetic of the concrete surfaces soften the interiors with timber, along with sparing use of brass and stone. Wood is in the form for Scotia lining boards, used predominately on the surfaces of the walls, ceilings and joinery. To further offset the harsh concrete and tiled surfaces, curves were introduced in the form of the undulating ceiling, curved ends to walls or door entrances, as well as recesses to the joinery pieces.
Extensive use of engineered European Oak timber flooring further relieves the cold concrete surfaces and providing the most part for the warmth of the building has. The craftsmanship in the use of timber can be furthermore seen where the flooring has been carried up into the cabinetwork, as well as the staircases.