Laneway housing model wins 9 Dots Award

Sep 25, 2013
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10 x 10 The Laneway House, an innovative yet practical design for a laneway-based urban dwelling, has won the 2013 CSR Cemintel 9 Dots Award.

The proposal, entered into the competition by Perth-based graduate architect, Johannes Lupolo-Chan, is a proposed typology for new laneway housing in Perth’s inner-city suburbs, which are notorious for having the lowest density per square kilometre in Australia. As a typical block size is 400 to 500 square metres and usually 10 metres wide, 10 x 10 was designed to allow easy subdivision of existing land with access to laneways, using Cemintel’s Creative range of cladding and ceiling solutions to allow individuals to personalise these 10 x 10 houses.

“The 10 x 10 concept meets the specific need for urban infill in Australia’s inner-city areas. Designed for the many laneways that weave their way through these established suburbs, the concept offers the comfort of a single dwelling with high lofty ceilings and access to northerly sunlight into the home providing a comfortable and bright feel,” Ben Thompson, Cemintel senior product manager, said.

Thompson continued: “Lupolo-Chan used a combination of CSR Cemintel Scarborough Weatherboard, BareStone and Texture Coating System to create an expressive design and inject life into these often-neglected laneways. This combination of Cemintel’s Creative products has been used for external cladding and internal lining, creating seamless integration between indoor and outdoor space and maximising the room, comfort and light within this small dwelling.”

Melonie Bayl-Smith of Bijl Architects Sydney, who was on the judging panel together with Malcolm Carver of Scott Carver Architects, Kim Chadwick of Colourways and David Neustein of Other Architects, adds: “The success of the broad-minded urban considerations in the 10×10 Laneway House design proposal is founded in its material language and keen sense of scale. As a prototype of sorts, the 10×10 Laneway House identifies that the textures, sizes and inherent characteristics of the various CSR Cemintel Creative products present interesting opportunities for individualising a standardised design.

“Overall, the 10×10 Laneway House is an exciting proposal which demonstrates that Australian cities and towns can increase density in innovative ways and without sacrificing the material language, warmth and scale of the typical and well-loved residential streetscape.”

Lupolo-Chan has been awarded a 17-day architectural trip to the USA for his winning design.

Andreas Hahn of Melbourne’s La Scala was highly commended, and a flexible community centre by Karl Martin questioning and rethinking the use of conventional public buildings won the new student category. Martin pushed the conventional uses of the Cemintel Creative range of products, designing Edge Cladding around water tanks that were placed within the building, creating a sustainable and practical option. Peter Brown was commended in the student category for his design of Peter’s Market House, a proposed community centre for the Eco Sustainable Village featuring BareStone.

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