24 June 2013 — Sydney’s James Stockwell Architect has take out the Allan and Beth Coldicutt Award for Sustainable Architecture at Friday’s Victorian Architecture Awards.

“Quite early in the assessment process a single project emerged from the crowd to announce itself with a clear voice above all others,” said the Australian Institute of Architects. “Subsequently, throughout a rigorous process, that project remained to become a unanimous, clear leader and as fresh as the new day.

“At the heart of the brief and throughout design and construction, Crofthouse presented new design ideas which offered a more sustainable future for the planet.”

The house, along the south coast of Victoria near Inverloch, forms a protected garden from which peripheral vision of the sea and sky is permitted by tapered facades.

The brief for the home dictated the house be “an unobtrusive unembellished ‘best practice’ home of how to blend in and live together with a magnificent natural environment.”

Its ambitions are to illustrate the suitability of low embodied energy local materials in contemporary architecture and that architecture be able to tell a story of place and vernacular of local craftsmanship and materials.

The design process adopted the 1950’s modernist philosophy of “plastic integrity” as well as the concept of architecture as a field of energies and flows.

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  1. I wonder how much this building cost to build. Judging solely by the photo and the building’s apparent complexity, my bet is that this place had a premium dollar per square metre price tag.

    There is an inbuilt environmental cost in every dollar spent on a project, so, no matter how well it performs in the sustainability stakes, its impact on the environment will be heaps more than a cheaper, more traditional structure with little or no insulation and not one solar panel on its roof.