OVD 525, Bantry Bay
The calm, well-proportioned street elevation of this house is back-dropped by a pixelated aluminium screen which manages to mediate any potential visual domination by the ubiquitous double garage door. As a public gesture the screen makes a positive contribution to the streetscape, which is enhanced even further by it being backlit in the evenings.
The interior is finely crafted and a level of innovation is evident in the adaptation of standard modular elements for unexpected uses, of which the ventilation grilles are but one example.
A thorough understanding of materials, combined with very good workmanship, results in a measure of calmness that belies an underlying complexity.
Within the context of minimalist residential architecture with a high attention to detail, this building deserves a special mention for its success in achieving this without a loss of a sense of domesticity. Its carefully curated finishes have a high degree of tactility and despite this, the building has achieved a level of abstraction which sets it apart.
Architect: Three14 Architects
Quantity Surveyor: Meyer Summersgill
Main Contractor: Innes Projects
Structural Engineers: Poise Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Engineers: Jo Lubbe & Associates
Town Planner: Tommy Brummer Town Planners
Landscape Design: Oasis Design
Metal Work: Bad Machine
Lighting Consultant: Martin Doller Design
Kitchen Specialists: Bulthaup Living Kitchens