"Claremont House us a quite and sophisticated work if suburban architecture where house and garden are granted substantial and equal weighting.
A carefully composed sequence of experiences dominates, binding the gated entry, front garden and restored Federation House to that which lies beyond - the new pavilions and garden spaces to a verdant borrowed landscape. The new work layers rooms, courtyards, walkways, enclosed gardens and external pavilions, changes in level, swimming pool and boundary wall into a complete spatial, material and landscape ensemble Within this sequence small moments of intimacy are curated that make visitation essential; an enclosed courtyard with external fireplace, and external terrace with judiciously borrowed landscape and a master bedroom set into the garden are amongst the most pronounced.
There is clear mastery in the immediate, middle and distant scales. A mature consistency in the handling of detail, lighting and material selection prevails. No aspect of this project overshadows the other. The project's governing idea is evident throughout, culminating in an ease - a sense of inevitability.”
Winner: AIA Architecture Award: Houses - Multiple Housing
“The design of Mika is simple yet highly considered, resulting in an elegant and well-proportioned streetscape that creates a strong and distinctive presence among the sea of recent developments. The elegant use of oxidised copper screens in combination with bronze screens and balustrade details provide a well-composed façade. The development delivers well-planned spaces and quality finishes to all areas including the communal circulation and car-park spaces. There are a variety of apartment types, each well thought out, responsive to orientation and eminently liveable.”