Creek Chic, Torrens Park, SA, 2011

AIA (SA) Residential Architecture Award, 2012

With nowhere to hide, this new residence responds and embraces opportunities afforded to a corner site, bounded by no-through roads and triangulated by an ephemeral creek. It commences as a workover of a pre-existing house which bridged the creek.

For professional empty-nesters downsizing from a large family bungalow on a big block, the project was a departure in simplifying their scale, style and approach to living while still allowing scope for family and friends to visit and stay.

Bridging the seasonal creek in a flood zone amongst towering gums, a palette of natural materials, including rammed earth and recycled hardwoods, combine with refined structural arrangement to produce a texturally rich, light-filled home.

In a ‘garden-suburb’, Creek Chic House engages with a very public corner site that is approached by walkways from two sides. Here, one is unavoidably ‘on display’. The design chooses boldly to edge its public boundaries then launches over the creek, carving out a secluded, special, and private north-facing outdoor space.

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