2017 ACT ARCHITECTURE AWARDS: COMMENDATION FOR THE O'CONNOR HOUSE
de Rome Architects was the recipient of a Commendation at the 2017 Australian Institute of Architects ACT Chapter Awards, in the category of New Residential for their O’Connor House.
The jury’s citation reads:
O’Connor House presents a demure, unassuming elevation to the street. This deliberate effort not to impact on a much loved established streetscape demonstrates a high level restraint in design that has been maintained throughout with a wonderfully cohesive result.
Through the dappled light of the entry pathway, to orchestrated glimpses of landscaped zones through and beyond the building, and with the cantilevered north eastern corner of the living pavilion, the building reveals a detailed and refined sensibility that is a welcome surprise behind its simple restrained facade.
While materials and finishes were selected to match the budget and capacity of the owner builder and to reference surrounding dwellings, it did not preclude the opportunity to explore unique detailing to elevate materials beyond their common reading. This project is impressive in its deft handling of limitations.