Houses Awards ‘House in a Heritage Context’ joint winners announced

Heritage Council, the sponsors of the ‘House in a Heritage Context’ award, are proud to announce the joint winners for 2014: Kennedy Nolan for Westgarth House, and Jackson Clements Burrows for Middle Park House.

The ‘House in a Heritage Context’ category recognises achievement in new works and/or conservation for heritage buildings and associated landscapes for residential use. To be eligible in this category the property must be subject to statutory heritage listing at a local authority or higher level.

The judges said of Westgarth House: ‘A very successful collaboration between an owner, an architect and a skilled builder, this house makes imaginative use of readily available materials and standard construction techniques. The insightful decision made by the architect to shift the entry to the long side of the site allows visitors to enter into the freer living spaces and provides a strong connection with the garden. The well crafted, economical dwelling provides an engaging and responsive family house and is a replicable approach to dealing thoughtfully with early heritage building stock.’

Of Middle Park House, the judges said: ‘This compelling contemporary building is outstanding for both its planning arrangement and its ‘fit’ with its heritage context. The building not only speaks of the private needs of its inhabitants but also successfully declares its place in the public realm at an urban level. Skilful form-making, appropriate materiality and interior detailing assembled with a light touch are hallmarks of this exemplar heritage infill project.’

More information on the winning projects can be found on the Houses website.

Image: Jim Norris with joint winners of the House in a Heritage Context category of the 2014 Houses Awards, presented in Sydney on Friday 1 August.
L-R Jon Clements (Jackson Clements Burrows), Patrick Kennedy (Kennedy Nolan), Jim Norris (Heritage Council of Victoria), Adriana Hanna (Kennedy Nolan), Graham Burrows (Jackson Clements Burrows).
Photography Neil Fenelon.