PERTH ARCHITECT A FINALIST IN THE WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL
The Floreat home, Roscommon House, designed by Neil Cownie Architect is one of twelve international projects that have been shortlisted finalists in the 2018 World Architecture Festival ‘INSIDE’ Awards for residential interiors.
The shortlisted projects can be seen here: Residential 2018 Shortlist
The Amsterdam based World Architecture Festival is to be held on the 28 – 30 November, when Neil Cownie will be attending to present the Floreat house & the interior scheme to the international jury at the conference. Finalists present live to juries within the Amsterdam based conference with category winners announced each evening. This unique conference format brings together the most influential architects and interior designers from around the world to not only present their own work, but to listen to the world-renowned keynote speakers during the course of each day.
More about the conference here: Inside Festival
This is on the back of numerous accolades for this unique house. To date the list of accolades includes; Australian Institute of Architects WA – Architecture Award for Houses, Australian Institute of Architects WA – Architecture Award for Interior Architecture, Awarded ‘Best in State and number two nationally in the Channel Ten TV program ‘Australia by Design’, a finalist in two categories of the Australian Timber design Awards- with winners to be announced in October, ‘Shortlisted’ in the ‘Sustainability’ category of the Interior Design Excellence Awards – with winners to be announced in November.
The design for the house and its interior take inspiration from the suburb of Floreat’s unique modernist history to provide a finished environment with a ‘sense of belonging’ in the local community. Neil researched the precinct during the design process to document over seventy remaining modernist and brutalist buildings across Floreat and City Beach. The hope is that this new house will raise community and local authority awareness to the unique qualities of these suburbs and show the way with how new buildings can ‘belong’.
The design scope included not only architecture but also interior furnishings. This holistic design opportunity allowed all aspects of the house to reflect the important aspect of the ‘handmade’ in the house. Five items of furniture within the house were custom designed by Neil Cownie specifically for the house.
The interior furnishings were carefully chosen for their shape and form so that they were in keeping with the shapes of the building. The matt finished neutral backdrop of the building with the textured concrete and timber finishes allowed the furnishings an opportunity to express colour and detail. Textural finishes were also selected throughout the house, such as the denim wallpaper, board marked concrete walls and ceilings, profiled timber wall lining and profiled marble splashbacks.
(Postscript: The Post Newspaper reported on this shortlisting in the October 2018 edition: “House Could Be Best in World”)