Troppo has been the luckiest of the winners for this year’s Australian Institute of Architects‘ 2014 Northern Territory Awards with four Awards in hand. They ripped the Territory’s top award, the Tracy Memorial Award, in addition to the COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture, the Enduring Architecture Award, and the award for Residential Alterations & Additions.
We bring forward their winning project Strohmayr House which won the Tracy Memorial Award and the award for Residential Alterations & Additions:
This significant renovation takes its cues from a much-loved, pre-cyclone, elevated home. The porosity of the original house, its connection to the landscape and cooling sea breezes are repeated throughout the additions creating a symbiosis between the structures and the vivacious young family who occupy them.
Situated in an inner-city suburb, the built forms border a courtyard pool adjacent to the main living verandah and outdoor kitchen. The expansive outdoor spaces connect to the rest of the house via canopy-high walkways, leading to the secluded, private rooms of the house.
The working garden provides a self-sufficient veggie patch, chooks and a new workshop – the envy of the neighbourhood. The landscape design cleverly ties all the parts together, offering areas for play, toil and rest.
Passively cooled throughout, this home embraces the spirit of the Top End for a family committed to preserving the old Darwin lifestyle with a sophisticated, contemporary re-imagining.