Throughout this year’s architecture awards season, one key element has linked the various winners together. From state to state, as the projects, methodologies and founding ideologies differ, innovation has been a key part of all of the major winners.
Projects that break traditional rules or reinvent them, turning tradition on its head, have been awarded handsomely this year.
Given this award-winning trend, it should come as no surprise that the Building Designers Association Victoria would describe Victoria’s Building Design of the Year 2012 as ‘out of the box’.
Located in Ulverstone, Tasmania and designed by architectural firm Clever Design, this residential development holds simplicity at its core. The modern home offers breathtaking 180 degree views over the property, with open planned living and dining areas maximising the use of glass, natural lighting and the visual connection outdoors.
A cantilevered living space juts out from the rest of the house, supported high above ground level in spectacular form.
Simplicity does not have to mean inferiority, a notion epitomised by this particular building. According to the Association, given that minimalism has been allowed to reign in the overall design, precision in delivering this zero-fuss design has allowed it to stand out as a best-in-state development.
“The totality of this design is testament to its author’s skills,” says the Building Designers Association Victoria. “The execution is exceptional, and all elements have been carefully considered and work together to provide a beautifully resolved building with no extraneous detail.”
In its closing comments regarding the building, the Association alludes to that vital ‘something extra’ element that is being so handsomely awarded this season.
“Most of all, the house illustrates the designer’s ability to conceive of a building as not just a shelter, but as an experience, earning the project a worthy award for Building Design of the Year,” it says.
Finding the undefinable will be a strong challenge of those entering next year’s design competitions, as it will be the only way to trump the incredible list of award winners from this year.