Vikki’s Place is a new dwelling on a small inner city lot. The site is heavily effected by flood with Planning Controls setting the first floor 1.6m above natural ground. A private, north facing courtyard is constructed to form an entry into the dwelling with bleacher-style steps and seating maintaining a connection between the ground and first floors. A single flat roof envelopes the plan and changes in floor levels provide separation between internal spaces. Bedrooms are kept at a minimum allowing the living area a generous 1.5 storey height.
The dwelling embraces the qualities of half finished structures or ruins. The lower portion of the structure is made from strong, robust materials in order to withstand flooding whilst the upper living floor is lightweight and uses warm, soft materials. Services are exposed and all materials are celebrated by being left raw and unfinished. Nothing is hidden and no paint or plasterboard is used in the building.
Photography by Katherine Lu
Award - AIA Newcastle chapter - Houses(New) Architecture
Winner – Think Brick Awards 2019 – New Entrant Award
High Commendation – Think Brick Awards 2019 – Kevin Borland Masonry Award
Shortlist – Australian Interior Design Awards 2020