CSR Cemintel™ 9 Dots Award announces 2013 winner

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23 September 2013
CSR Cemintel™ 9 Dots Award announces 2013 winner
10 x 10 The Laneway House by Johannes Lupolo-Chan – CSR Cemintel™ 9 Dots Award 2013 winner.

Perth-based Graduate Architect, Johannes Lupolo-Chan, has been awarded a 17-day Architectural trip to the USA as the winner of the 2013 CSR Cemintel™ 9 Dots Award for his innovative, yet practical design for urban dwelling, featuring Cemintel Scarborough Weatherboard™, BareStone™ and Texture Coating System.

Titled, 10 x 10 The Laneway House, the winning design is a proposed typology for new laneway housing in Perth’s inner city suburbs – notorious for having the lowest density per km² in Australia.

After analysis found a typical block size was 400-500 m² and usually 10 m wide, 10 x 10 was designed to allow easy subdivision of existing land with access to laneways, utilizing Cemintel™’s Creative range of cladding and ceiling solutions to allow individuals to personal these 10 x 10 houses.

Cemintel™ Senior Product Manager, Ben Thompson, said Johannes was announced as the 2013 winner based on his vision for comfortable and affordable housing in high density established areas.

“The 10 x 10 concept meets the specific need for urban infill in Australia’s inner-city areas. Designed for the many laneways that weave their way through these established suburbs, the concept offers the comfort of a single dwelling with high lofty ceilings and access to northerly sunlight into the home providing a comfortable and bright feel.

“Johannes utilised a combination of CSR Cemintel™ Scarborough Weatherboard™, BareStone™ and Texture Coating System™ to create an expressive design and inject life into these often-neglected laneways. This combination of Cemintel™’s Creative products has been used for external cladding and internal lining, creating seamless integration between indoor and outdoor space and maximising the room, comfort and light within this small dwelling.” Ben said.

The judging panel, consisting of Malcolm Carver - Scott Carver Architects, Melonie Bayl-Smith - Bijl Architects Sydney, Kim Chadwick - Colourways and David Neustein - Other Architects, agreed unanimously.

“Johannes has been selected as the clear winner of the Professional Category with his proposal 10 x 10 The Laneway House. The success of the broad-minded urban considerations in the 10 x 10 The Laneway House design proposal is founded in its material language and keen sense of scale. As a prototype of sorts, the 10 x 10 The Laneway House identifies that the textures, sizes and inherent characteristics of the various CSR Cemintel™ Creative products present interesting opportunities for individualizing a standardised design.” Melonie said on behalf of the panel.

Melonie highlighted Mr Lupolo Chan’s selection of Scarborough Weatherboard™ as the key external cladding element, with the horizontal application de-emphasising the height of the three storey dwelling unit and providing a reference point to the traditional use of board cladding in Australian residential building.

“This application of Scarborough Weatherboard™ cladding then continues to the interior wall lining, where it is combined with Cemintel™’s Texture Coating System, enhancing the inhabitant’s sense of space as it is extended through the distinct material language and texture.

By virtue of the proposed site size, building footprint and plan layout, the 10 x 10 The Laneway House embraces a significant sustainability agenda, with the ‘single material’ philosophy allowing the CSR Cemintel™ Creative range to be deployed as an ‘all-over’ cladding system with inherent material efficiencies in relation to sheet sizes, digital fabrication, waste minimisation, and construction simplicity.

“Overall, the 10x10 Laneway House is an exciting proposal which demonstrates that Australian cities and towns can increase density in innovative ways and without sacrificing the material language, warmth and scale of the typical and well-loved residential streetscape,” said Melonie.

Johannes likes the challenge of small, tight and quirky spaces and believes there are many great examples of ‘smaller living’ from architects in Japan, America and Europe who have redefined the way we use spaces in our homes on small blocks.

“I have previously designed three small townhouses on 300m² plots, each which revolved around the courtyard typology in an inner city Perth suburb and this has inspired me to focus on the more unique size homes and land,” Johannes said.

Highly Commended for the second year and $1,000 went to Andreas Hahn of Melbourne for his entry La Scala featuring Scarborough Weatherboards™, RendaLine™ and Designer Series™ Slimline Slate.

Winning the new Student Category and accepting $2,000 towards student fees, Karl Martin’s flexible community centre questions and rethinks the use of conventional public buildings. Mr Martin pushed the conventional uses of the Cemintel ™ Creative range of products, designing Edge Cladding™ around water tanks which were placed within the building creating a sustainable and practical option.

Commended in the student category was awarded to Peter Brown for his design of Peter’s Market House, a proposed community centre for the Eco Sustainable Village featuring BareStone™.

Cemintel™ would like to thank the judges and all those who submitted an entry to the 2013 9 Dots Award.

Cemintel™ Creative solutions are designed to make buildings look great. Ranging from Designer Series, a pre finished walling system with a range of unique textures and colours; the modern commercial aesthetic provided by the ExpressWall range, including the pre-finished, raw cement aesthetic provided by Barestone; the traditional weatherboard look, provided by Scarborough, Headland and Endeavor; the complimentary vertical aesthetic provided by Cemintel’s new edge cladding; and SoffitLine the only flush jointed exterior ceiling product on the market, Cemintel provides infinite design choices to create a real point of difference.

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