Current at: 07 May 2006
Victoria ’s Scalzo Constructions claimed the premier prize at the 2006 Housing Industry Association awards when it was named the winner in the HIA-CSR Australian Home of the Year category in Brisbane tonight. (Sat May 6) The prestigious award is partnered by CSR.
The company worked on an unusually large suburban block to design a distinctive family home, with strong architectural lines and a range of nature-inspired finishes.
The living areas and main bedroom are built around a curved swimming pool blending indoor and outdoor living to perfection.
Judges said the house is skewed on the block to allow maximum solar access. Curved rock-like walls protect the south-western elevations.
“These are contrasted with a series of vertical and horizontal planes of cedar cladding, which echo the forms of the surrounding native trees,” they said.
“The use of interesting and innovative materials was one of the keys. “Even so, the overall harmony of the project was never lost.
“In all, Scalzo Constructions had to cope with a high level of difficulty in the construction of the project, but came through it well.”
The awards were made in front of a gala audience at Brisbane ’s Convention Centre, described by HIA Managing Director Ron Silberberg as one of the premier events on the Australian building industry calendar.
HIA is Australia ’s peak building industry body, representing 40,000 builders, suppliers and trade contractors in all states and territories. The industry is responsible for development projects, new homes, and renovation activity worth nearly $50 billion each year, and employs more than 350,000 people.
The association’s awards acknowledge excellence in housing construction, design, innovation and technology and recognise the talent of builders and building companies involved in the planning and construction of quality housing.