Heritage home transformation wins coveted architecture award

Friday, 3 July 2020

A beautifully crafted residential design by a Newcastle architect has been recognised in the coveted 2020 WA Architecture Awards.

woman standing against wallDr Beth George, an educator and practitioner in architecture, received The Peter Overman Award for Residential Architecture for her project transforming an existing house built in 1908 to a functional family home.

‘Reed House’ balances the dignity of the existing historic house, while simultaneously incorporating a modern material palette and sculptural, monolithic form.  Nestled within the heritage precinct of Perth’s Subiaco, the architectural design restores the home’s heritage details.

The project was awarded in the Alterations and Additions category.  The judges praised the clear, logical planning and clever junction of two distinctive parts.

Mainly built from off-form concrete and textured brick, the house features detailed window openings, inviting nooks, and seamless connection to outdoor garden spaces - perfectly restoring the life of the home for a family of six to enjoy.

Dr George is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle's School of Architecture and Built Environment, and a registered architect.

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Reed House


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