2013 Australian Interior Design Premier Award winner Park House was designed without being influenced by fashion or trends.
The Melbourne-based site was the brainchild of Leeton Pointon Architects + Interiors and Allison Pye Interiors.
The architects said Park House was conceived for clients with a love of horticulture, with a landscape element included in each level. They noted the extraordinary building form, which features organic soft interiors and a natural palette, was created to gain connection to the landscape.
The 2013 Australian Interior Design Premier Award jury commended the project for its use of “[o]rganic soft shapes. Earthy textures, materials and finishes. Restraint in detail and selection. Practical concerns inherent in each inclusion. Considered selection of decoration, artworks, materials, form and texture. Subtle nuances differentiate each individual space.”
“There is an outstanding attention to the design of three-dimensional form, materiality and detail, which is most evident in the provision of incredibly comfortable spaces that would be a joy and delight to inhabit,” the jury said.
The residence's structural exterior is reflected across its interiors, with complex elements such as a super-fine, curved metal balustrade and opposing recessed handrail, and a vertical garden.
The building's flow is also informed by organic design, with curved, plastered walls continuing up past the ceiling planes, allowing light to stream down. Elements such as decoration, furnishing, materials and landscape were all integrated with the building's architecture.
Park House's interior emits a controlled softness with natural lighting, which creates a sculptural effect and integrates the surrounding landscape, providing a symbiotic continuity with the exteriors.
The materials and colours were carefully selected with a clear emphasis on materiality. Wood ceilings, for example, bring in warmth and softness that is offset by hard stone floors. The building is made predominantly of glass, plaster and metal.
Park House shows the value of collaboration between clients and architects and designers, all of whom worked together to ensure this particular project met its potential. The result is a comfortable and very liveable family home.