In 1996, The Royal Australian Institute of Architects introduced the Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award to the best residential project of the year in Victoria. It is the highest honour in the state for Residential Architecture. This year the award was presented to NMBW Architecture Studio for their “Sorrento House”:
“Sorrento House, elegantly designed from an economy of materials, impressed the jury with its inventive system of dividing partitions that fold, retract, swing and slide to define social and personal spaces.
Jury chairman John Wardle of John Wardle Architects said the house’s ambitions had crossed the boundaries of the site to the benefit of neighbours. Outlook, wind patterns, the structure of the landscape and the composition of building mass had been negotiated with great care, he said.”
– The Age – Beach house coasts to top design prize
As a photographer, I have to say that the photo accompanying The Age article (I’m guessing it was supplied by NMBW) is well composed, and really shows off the striking exterior lines. I would have liked to have seen it photographed a little earlier to give the shot some more ambient light, as it seems a touch on the dark side to me, but then every photographer and client is different and some may prefer this result.