Functional & Fictional: Tim Ditchfeild
A Noosa Heads property recently scooped the “Poole” at the Australian Institute of Architects’ Regional Awards.
Tim Ditchfield Architects impressed the judges to win The Gabriel Poole Award for Building of the Year, Sunshine Coast at the The Australian Institute of Architects’ Regional Architecture Awards for 2021.
The Noosa Heads property, Las Palmas, was also awarded a regional commendation for residential architecture (Houses – New) and will now compete at the State Awards with the hope to then compete against the nation’s best.
Inspired by a journey to Palm Springs and the spirit of mid-century modernism, the architects took full advantage of the beautiful location and natural surroundings in the property’s design.
The built form is modernist, with strongly pronounced horizontal planes, simple forms and honest materiality.
Externally the design employs a robust and timeless palette of in-situ concrete walls and roofs, minimalistic balustrading, feature breeze blocks, and honed concrete steps and terracing.
The homeowners said the design complemented their love of water, fresh air & natural light. “From the moment we wake up or drive into our driveway, to the time we retire for the night, our house frames our views and highlights an ever-
changing canvas around us. It’s both functional and fictional.”
The judges all agreed: “The building itself seems to lap at the water beyond.”
Good luck for the State Awards to one of Noosa’s leading architects!