Jigsaw wins Award for Residential Architecture

On Saturday night, the 2015 ACT Architecture Awards were announced. Each year the Architecture Awards recognise some of the best architectural designs in the ACT.

The Jigsaw team in attendance were extremely excited to hear our lovely Wonga Street House announced as the winner of the Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New).

Our fabulous clients and owners of the house, Pete and Libby, shared in the celebrations with the Jigsaw team, and were honoured to hear that the jury loved their house as much as they do.

Architect, Andy Verri, was thrilled to have the high design quality and sustainability of one of our Jigsaw projects acknowledged in this way (so thrilled, his big snowman head started melting!). Winning an award in the hotly contested residential category shows that a smaller footprint design with a strong sustainability focus can compete with the best of the high-end architectural projects. Jigsaw is very proud indeed!

This modest house is deceptively open, light filled and airy. Natural light floods the living rooms through well-positioned openings that capture the view into the rear yard and existing deciduous trees. Some small deft touches creating the feeling of a hand crafted house include a formed concrete fireplace, and timber benches hand finished by the client. Simple plywood joinery provides warmth to the interior finishes.

It is a pleasure to hear that the owners have taken to their new residence with delight and enthusiasm and have enjoyed being part of the design process that ran through construction. The jury felt that this residence should be highlighted as an excellent example of how through teamwork a residence on a tight budget can be both highly energy efficient and delightful.

The Australian Institute of Architects also held a People’s Choice Award, and although we did not win, one of our current clients was the winning voter after she and her daughter wrote the following acrostic poem about the wonderful Wonga Street house… and scored a bottle of Penfolds Grange!

W – wisdom
O – organic
N – natural
G – gregarious
A – affordable

S – sustainable
T – touchstone
R – radiant
E – energy
E – efficient
T – touches the earth lightly

View the full list of winners for the 2015 ACT Architecture Awards.

Wonga Street House will now proceed to the National Architecture Awards to be announced on 5 November 2015.