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Award for Architecture Citation
The judging panel commended the sensitive use of scale and form to translate the often, overbearing building typology into a leafy suburban context. The overall design is refreshingly contemporary and the panel agreed that use of colour, articulation of the facades and manipulation of light, defines the units well, lending legibility to the design. The dappled play of light, greenery and texture on the exterior walls, roots the building in the site. The panel liked the way private, courtyard spaces flows into the units and then pierces through the building envelope into the public parking boulevard in the form of a cantilevering balconies, creating a playful accents over the entrances. The panel also commended the way the inward angled entrance walls create transitional space between the exterior and interior. The gradation of public and private space continues in the interiors with the reception, waiting and consultation areas located on ground floor and administration functions located on a mezzanine floor, spatially connected, but hided from direct visual sight. The panel enjoyed the use of abundant natural light in the foyer and mezzanine levels but did express concern over the consultation rooms which do without adequate natural ventilation and lighting. The flexibility of the building structure in terms of expansion and changing or future use was commended. Well resolved technical detailing in terms of the envelope, steel balustrades, roof eaves and the clever design of the court yard spaces add an amount of fine detail to a well executed building deserving of the Regional Award for Architecture.
All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.