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The Hills Plain House, Melbourne, Australia

Thursday 28 Apr 2011

Melbourne home cleans up at awards

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Wolveridge Architects Pty Ltd claim top prize in 2011 Australian Interior Design Awards 

Wolveridge Architects walked away with three awards and three notable mentions at the 2011 Interior Design Awards held at the Docklands on 15th April. Most popular of projects entered was the ‘Hill Plains House’ - a favourite among judges and peers alike.

Wining Best Residential, Best of State and the Premier Award For Interior Design Excellence & Innovation for the entry, judges cited the property as ‘reinforcing the juncture between dwelling space and the surrounding region as a primary contributor to contemporary residential interior design’.

Architect Jerry Wolveridge describes the property as: “robust, both functional and agricultural it connects with its exterior. In conjunction with its changeable interior dependant on external conditions underpin this holistic approach, contributory to contemporary design practice. An attempt to create an ‘Australianess’ with a rugged but (hopefully) sophisticated interior, characterised by a palette of natural materials, a sense of craftsmanship and childhood reminder of growing up in the 70’s.”

Finishes employ non-domestic surfaces – steel/concrete/recycled timber/concrete masonry. Plaster is seldom visible and is painted black. A reference to the monochromatic palette, the shower floor is yellow rubber, with terrific grip and underfoot comfort. Shower walls are lined using full height sheets of mild steel. A dark interior draws the eye to the external vista creating a strong connection with the site. Such as the view from the shower, a large frameless window overlooking a natural grass amphitheatre with magnificent gum tree in the distance.

After dusk the interior takes on a soft character with a low level of lighting and large living room windows sheen with illuminated curtains. This statement reinforces the importance of the juncture between the interior/exterior and context of the region as a primary contributor to contemporary interior thinking.

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