Winner of two awards at the recent Institute of Architects NSW Country Division Conference.
Recent years have seen a surge in demand for secondary dwellings as housing affordability and population increase have seen many reassess the value and potential utility of their property.
In response to this demand, Joint Modular has been formed by the architects in partnership with a builder to offer a design-led construction service. A modular, semi prefabricated building system has been developed, with various user options to accomodate differing budget requirements. Its tight planning principles allow Joint to offer affordable housing of high design quality.
This small garden home is a free standing pavilion, set on the south boundary of an existing home. Separated by an active food forest and vegetable garden, it makes the most of a sunny outlook and views to the Illawarra escarpment.
Its red coloured concrete slab provides thermal mass, while the expressed hardwood structure and plywood clad wall panels add warmth. All joinery and fixtures have been custom made of ply and hardwood to suit the 1200 mm wide modules.
James Barnet Award Winning Jury citation: ‘The Joint is a project that the jury felt is exceptional on account of its ambition, method of delivery, social ethos and high level of design resolution. This architect-builder collaboration provides an affordable dwelling of a design standard rarely seen in this sector. The simplicity of the construction, attention to detail and delightful outcome make this project a worthy winner of the 2017 James Barnet Award.’