National Trust of Australia (ACT) Plaque for Outstanding Project for the Owen Flats

Philip Leeson Architects was awarded a National Trust of Australia Plaque for Outstanding Project for the Owen Flats.

The Owen Flats is part of a public housing scheme that lined both sides of Northbourne Avenue consisting of flats, maisonettes and paired houses. The development was designed by Ancher Mortlock and Murray in the modernist style of the day and built in the early 1960s.

By the early 21c they had become obsolete and no longer met the need of the ACT Government and large portions of the development was sold off. However, representative samples of each type were retained and listed on the ACT Heritage Register.

Philip Leeson Architects worked with JWLand to reinvigoration of this important heritage place.

Gold Creek Homestead Conservation

We recently collaborated with the Suburban Land Agency, Communication Link and Place Lab to develop adaptive re-use strategies for the Gold Creek Homestead development with the goal of retaining the historic elements. The project has since been recognised for the place-led engagement for Ngunnawal Gold Creek Homestead through a Commendation at the 2020 PIA (Planning Institute of Australia) ACT Awards for Planning Excellence for Public Engagement and Community Planning.  

What a night! ACT Architecture Awards, 2020

We are incredibly honoured to achieve the top gong this year for new houses at the ACT Chapter AIA awards, for Lemon Wedge House! A credit to a wonderful and trusting client, a fantastic builder in Sutton and Horsley, plus the team at PLA.

Also in the Alterations and Additions category, we picked up an award for our Snorkel House, another fabulous collaborative effort between architect, builder and client.

You can catch up on all the goings on from the night on the recorded livestream here (we kick off at 31:25!):

We feel very privileged to be amongst esteemed company in Edition Office, Joanna Nelson Architect, Guida Moseley Brown, BVN, Lyons and Hill Thalis in receiving a prestigious named award this year!

A study in Radburn planning

That’s a wrap on site for this courtyard gem! Sitting within one of the Radburn town planning areas of Curtin, the home has two key frontages which were carefully considered during the early design stages: the oval and green space, which formed the original ‘front yard’ within the planning scheme, and the rear street. Here is an interesting article on Radburn planning by the ABC, which discusses the planning approach in more depth.

We were very keen to maintain and maximise the visual and physical connections with the green space, which established a tricky planning situation – where is the back yard?! The natural answer came with a courtyard plan form, whereby the 2 key frontages could be reinforced, and also providing a private inner sanctum for our wonderful clients.

The project was beautifully executed by the team at Sutton and Horsley with landscapes by Harris Hobbs Landscapes.

Design Canberra Living Rooms 2019

Philip Leeson Architects have long been supporters of public engagement with the practice of architecture. This year as a continuation of this, our very generous clients of Narrabundah House are opening their doors for the Design Canberra ‘Living Rooms’ event. See the fine detailing and craftsmanship of the home as well as gardens on November 24th 2019 from 12.30pm until 2pm.

Be sure to stop by and say hello at McKinlay Street!

More information on the event and others on the Design Canberra program can be found here.

Photo by Ben Wrigley

A new courtyard home in Curtin!

Sutton and Horsley are tantalisingly close to practical completion on a new courtyard house designed by Philip Leeson Architects, on a Mr Fluffy site in Curtin, ACT. This project creates a double fronted home with private courtyard spaces within and frontages to both the neighbouring open space as well as the street.

With white and charcoal establishing horizontal banding intersected by cuts of striking yellow on the key elevations of the U-shaped plan, the home makes a bold statement within the residential setting.

We’re looking forward to seeing how the Harris Hobbs Landscapes landscape design adds a wonderful complementary layer to the site!

More photos to come…

Courtyard House in Curtin

Construction is well underway for a knockdown-rebuild project in the Canberra suburb of Curtin. In responding to the vernacular of the local area and suburban context, Philip Leeson Architects worked closely with our client to select a refined palette of dry pressed bricks and metal cladding, complementing the bold roof form. At the hands of builder Sutton and Horsley, the roof trusses went on this week, causing a radical transformation of the site!

More photos to come in the ensuing months as the striking form of this suburban beauty emerges.

Construction is underway in Hall!

This country cottage project with a modern twist is starting to take shape in Hall, as the framing goes up and early spring shadows filter in. High ceilings with double height spaces and a bold monolithic form with great northern sun externally characterise the design. We’ll keep you posted as construction progresses on site!