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   -   The Australian Institute of Architects Award for Small Project Architecture (ACT)
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H House
by Nino Bellantonio, AiL Studio & Joanna Nelson Architect



This small project uses a minimal number of architectural manoeuvres to create maximum sensory impact. The subject is a 1959 ‘H plan’ house and garage, in an inner Canberra suburb. A brittle gum towers over the house and reappears once inside the house and courtyards, encapsulating the experience of Canberra as a city in the landscape. H House embodies city also in the courtyards, which encourage the social activities of the public square. The first move is to retain the flow of the plan, including the enigmatic arrival sequence. Bathroom, kitchen and laundry are reworked within

the existing spaces. The second move is to place a new studio and balcony, above and overhanging, the central entry hall, providing new sheltered outdoor spaces. Access is by a spiral staircase placed centrally in the courtyard. From this point of prospect, one can see far distances and feel connected to the landscape. The third move is to remove the roof of the rendered brick garage next to the courtyard and insert a small pool, open only to the sky. Standing on the pool ledge, one can look over the wall to connect, at a mid height, with both courtyard below and balcony above.

Nino Bellantonio, AiL Studio & Joanna Nelson Architect
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.Project Team
Project architect: Nino Bellantonio
Project architect: Joanna Nelson
: Katie Moore
Structural consultant: Pierre Dragh
Builder: Mifsud Constructions
Pool construction: Aurora Landscaping & Pools
Alterations to hydronic heating: Heating and Cooling Services
Photographer: tim thomas
Photographer: nino bellantonio
Photographer: tim thomas
Photographer: tim thomas

Photographs by tim thomas, tim thomas, nino bellantonio & tim thomas, text by Nino Bellantonio, AiL Studio & Joanna Nelson Architect

Link directly to this award entry: is the website of The Royal Australian Institute of Architects