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About Face Awards: designs revealed

August 3, 2010

Think Brick unveils designs from TERROIR, Durbach Block, James Russell, NMBW, spaceagency and Tridente.

Think Brick Australia has unveiled the six designs in its annual design ideas competition, the About Face Award, publishing the projects for peer review.

The six firms participating in this year’s invitation-only competition are TERROIR, Durbach Block, James Russell, NMBW, spaceagency and Tridente.

This year’s brief was to challenge the notion of the ‘project home’, investigating new ways to build with brick. Each practice was asked to explore “how we might shift the paradigm of how we live today, while emphasising the artistic, environmental and versatile capacity of clay brick”.

Proposals include Durbach Block’s The Infinity House, a home with a figure-of-eight plan and strong connections to a generous and lush garden; and Tridente Architects’ Red Rhinoceros, which redefines the suburban house using prefabricated brickwork panels and a series of pavilions that prioritise indoor-outdoor living.

NMBW’s vision, Core House, features an adaptable system with a solid central core that can be extended with lightweight sheds as the owner’s needs change, while James Russell has created a new typology for neighbourhood housing called the First Generation, which allows residents to trade and adapt living spaces as their relationships within the community develop.

‘Proto’ Type, by TERROIR, introduces “internal streets” to the recognisable form of the suburban project home, allowing circulation spaces to be used for informal activities. spaceagency’s Street Parti, meanwhile, looks at the positives of living on tight sites, using courtyards and terraces to provide outside space and flexibility while maintaining privacy.

Each entry can be seen in full on the Think Brick website. Australian registered architects are invited to vote on their preferred proposal by visiting www.aboutfaceawards.com.au

Voting closes on 30 September, with winners announced on 7 October 2010.

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