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RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURAL EXCELLENCE
For the innovative use of timber resulting in a distinctive visual impact on a residential building, either stand-alone or multi-unit/multi-storey project.
FINALIST: Bradnor Road BUILDER: Homes by Maxim DESIGNER: Cymon Allfrey Architects PHOTOGRAPHER: Stephen Goodenough ‘This home is special’, declares Scott Taylor, Sales Manager at Homes By Maxim. Indeed, this build is a stunning product of the clear vision, expert craftsmanship and complete dedication of everyone involved. The homeowners sought a home that would evoke mid-century modern architecture, which for architect Cymon Allfrey opened up manifold possibilities for embracing timber. As Cymon explains, ‘the design anchors to the notion that no structural steel was to be used’, and this ‘guide[d] the aesthetic and materiality’. Enveloped by trees and bordered by a stream, the home is perfectly settled in its surrounds. There is nothing to show of the disruptions that have occurred here: first during the 2010-11 sequence of earthquakes, and second the subsequent engineering required on the TC3 land. From the road, this home is intriguing and inviting, with a gentle, yet decisive monopitch roof sitting atop a stretch of interlocking glazed timber portals. Throughout, Rusticated Western Red Cedar has been used in different ways, horizontally and vertically, in a wide range of finishes. The exquisite assemblage of timber features creates an interior that is fluid and dynamic, as well as elegant. Vertical wooden slats inside the entrance afford glimpses into the open spaces beyond, whilst shelving and storage solutions have been integrated into the sleek, linear composition. Glass has been used extensively to accentuate the timber forms and to create a seamless threshold between inside and out. This 310sqm home has at its heart two kitchens. A large open-plan kitchen-dining-living, along with a formal lounge, accomodates the comings and goings of family life, while offering dynamic spaces for socialising. ‘This really is an entertainer’s M A R C H /A P R I L 2 0 1 7