A tasteful revisit of the modern Australian shack wins at the South Australian Architecture Awards

If you enjoy looking at homes designed by some of the best architects in Australia, the winners at the recent South Australian Architecture Awards are worth checking out.

As part of a national awards program run by the Australian Institute of Architects, Spinifex House by Khab Architects won the John S Chappel Award for Residential Architecture - Houses (New) at a presentation held virtually on July 2.

Here honest, tactile materials, efficient planning and connection to context offer a rich and cohesive living environment that captures the casual, relaxed feel of a holiday house.

Spinifex House is exemplary for Adelaide's metro coast.

Sitting in a prominent beach-side streetscape in Adelaide's west, typically dominated by bulky, larger houses, the judges found the home unexpected and well-considered.

Overshadowed by taller neighbours, buffeted by sea breezes and scorched by setting sun, the new house rises to all these challenges with an understated response that is a restrained and tasteful revisit of the modern Australian shack aesthetic.

Outside [the] Box by Troppo Architects. Photo - Mitchell Lowe.

Outside [the] Box by Troppo Architects. Photo - Mitchell Lowe.

Another home to check out is Outside [the] Box by Troppo Architects and the winner of the John Schenk Award for Residential Architecture - Houses (Alterations and Additions).

Found opposite a school with imposing drop offs-and-pickups, rework began with a limestone streetwall and privacy extended by timber-battening.

This is now a light-filled home, immersed in its garden. A flick-of-a-roof beyond draws visitors (Oz-style) to the back; the villa remains whole, still well-defined up-front.

This story A new take on the beach shack first appeared on Port Macquarie News.