Casuarina house earns architect award

A CASUARINA house has earned a commendation in the state awards for the Australian Institute of Architects.

Known only as R House, the beachside property last week received recognition in the Residential Architecture category in the New South Wales Architecture Awards

It was built by Queensland-based practice Donovan Hill in 2007.

A spokeswoman for the company described it as a simple beach house.

“Under a 'beach house' banner has allowed for simplification of many contemporary conventions,” she said.

“While a secure garage has been required, the grass driveway and non-suburban treatment of the front margin helped to establish some beach town characteristics.

“As is typical of many contemporary projects, design initiation is used to establish project definition. There was never a recognisable brief”

Judges commented on the architects' simple strategies in the design of the house at the awards last Thursday.

“The living spaces have an intimacy that is atypical of modern beach houses,” they said.

“There is a casual simplicity and a refreshing avoidance of the more obvious design responses prevalent in beachfront homes.”

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