Jury citation

An exemplary scheme in its spatial nuance and neighborhood, Anne Street Garden Villas is an exquisite offering to the community housing typology. Through a material and architectural language steeped in ancient ideas of domesticity and society, the villa enclave possesses a sense of self-reliance that can be seen in the traditional single-family home, but with the added dignity of communal living. and shared gardens.

The planning is fine, with thresholds, gardens, plinths and terraces ordering the social terrain of the site. The built volume rises from the street to retain the scale at the front and rises two stories at the rear. Substantially, cars are pushed aside and a courtyard is set in the center of the site, providing a community biophilic garden at the heart of the community.

The detail and spatial tone of Anne Street Garden Villas is executed with considerable finesse, with private rooms carefully grouped to subtly delineate the communal gardens. Economical materials are used in many ways – as furniture, screens and ledges that stage the public and personal lives of residents. The architectural empathy of this project contributes to its importance as an exceptional and timely example within this typology.

– Anne Street Garden Villas was reviewed by Kirsty Volz in Architecture Australia September/October 2021. Read the review here.

Project credits

Architect Anna O’Gorman Architect; group project Anna O’Gorman, Paul Violett; Builder Nanoconstructs; Hydraulic engineer Design H; Civil and structural engineering, stormwater management Westera Partners; landscape consultant Lat Studios; Urban planner Bennett and Bennett; Mechanical, electrical and fire engineering Ashburner Francois; Quantity Surveyor Rider Levett Bucknall

Anne Street Garden Villas is in Southport, Queensland, on the land of the Kombumerri people of the Yugambeh language group.



Architecture Australia, November 2022

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