Lifestyle

Judges wowed by homes design

LIGHT AND LIVABLE: The Possum Creek home which won Byron’s Space Studio the Australian Institute of Architects regional award for a new residence.
LIGHT AND LIVABLE: The Possum Creek home which won Byron’s Space Studio the Australian Institute of Architects regional award for a new residence. Contributed

BYRON architects Sarah Aldridge and Jason Trisley's design of a Possum Creek house has won them the top gong in the NSW Country Division awards by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA).

The institute annually awards projects across NSW outside Sydney and Newcastle - and the Byron couple topped the poll for new house design.

Another Byron practice, Ocean Arc, won a commendation for alterations and additions to a Tallow Beach residence.

Mark Smith of Running Dog Design was a nominee in the Affordable Housing category.

Mr Trisley and Ms Aldridge are co-directors in the Space Studio practice.

Mr Trisley said he was enthusiastic about the quality of much of the residential design in Byron shire, and its residents' sophistication and openness to new ideas.

The ability to stretch out in the landscape and fully embrace the environment were other drawcards to living in a region such as this, he said.

The Possum Creek project - a new home for a couple from Mornington Peninsula - gave them enough space to get the orientation exactly right, he said, including a long plane of the house on the north-facing side, allowing in light and warmth, and with 13m of wall space opening up to the outdoors.

The judges said the house had "a bespoke expression of beauty that simply invites a relaxed but stimulating habitation with the definition of inside and outside spaces blurred, contrasting with the clear definition of public and private spaces".

"The clients love the house and that, for us, is the true test of a design and is always our ultimate goal on any project," Mr Trisley said.

The award comes a year after Space Studio won the non-residential award for the Byron Community Primary School.

"Local can be good and good regional design receives recognition," Mr Trisley said.

Topics:  byron bay


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Never weary of Bingham’s music and his crazy heart

George Ryan Bingham is an Americana singer-songwriter currently based in Los Angeles, California.

RYAN Bingham became a global sensation in 2010

Councils back campaign against ‘obscene’ Wicked slogans

Byron Shire Council has joined the fight against Wicked camper van slogans.

BALLINA, Byron councils will write to NSW and Queensland premiers

Shakespeare at Byron just As You Like It

Rosalie Craig in As You Like It, produced by the UK's National Theatre Live.

SHAKESPEARE’S glorious comedy of love and change comes to Byron

Latest deals and offers

Moonshine Ochre a shade of Blues

GOLD Coast band Mescalito Blues are a regular fixture on the Northern Rivers music landscape.

Never weary of Bingham’s music and his crazy heart

George Ryan Bingham is an Americana singer-songwriter currently based in Los Angeles, California.

RYAN Bingham became a global sensation in 2010

Councils back campaign against ‘obscene’ Wicked slogans

Byron Shire Council has joined the fight against Wicked camper van slogans.

BALLINA, Byron councils will write to NSW and Queensland premiers

Shakespeare at Byron just As You Like It

Rosalie Craig in As You Like It, produced by the UK's National Theatre Live.

SHAKESPEARE’S glorious comedy of love and change comes to Byron

Ramones drummer to hit the beats in Byron Bay today

Richie Ramone is an American drummer best known for being the drummer for the iconic punk band the Ramones, from February 1983 until August 1987.

HE WAS born Richard Reinhardt in 1957

Time to dust off those billy carts and head to Bangalow

RED ROCKET: Ollie McDonald, of Tintenbar, gets a flying start in his red and white billy cart at a past Bangalow Billy Cart Derby.

It's time to prepare for this year's Bangalow Billy Cart Derby

British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Ben Hunt wary of Sharks Halfback

Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.

Ben Hunt talks about Cronulla's Chad Townsend.

Broncos prepare for Sharks

Defensive training session at the Broncos

Tough defensive session in preparation for Sharks game.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances