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Australian Prime Minister's house by Jack Davies, Nick Roberts and Henry Stephens

A team of New Zealand architects has won a speculative competition to design a new residence for the Australian Prime Minister.

Australian Prime Minister's house by Jack Davies, Nicholas Roberts and Henry Stephens

The Lodge by the Lake competition was held by the University of Canberra to encourage a discussion about an eventual replacement for the Prime Minister's current residence in the city, known as The Lodge.

Australian Prime Minister's house by Jack Davies, Nicholas Roberts and Henry Stephens

The winning entry, submitted by architects Jack Davies, Nick Roberts and Henry Stephens, is a lodge split over a number of levels with its front half sunk into the earth as it approaches the lake.

Australian Prime Minister's house by Jack Davies, Nicholas Roberts and Henry Stephens
Boatshed and wharf

"The brief was extensive and complex – especially when coupled with the particularities of the topography," Roberts told Dezeen, explaining that their lodge combines intimate, private areas with monumental spaces suitable for public events.

Australian Prime Minister's house by Jack Davies, Nicholas Roberts and Henry Stephens
Water garden

"Managing this interface architecturally is not dissimilar to the private/public balance we imagine the Prime Minister must deal with personally on a daily basis," said Roberts. "As a result the building resists becoming an object on the hill – the building both enfolds the landscape and is subsumed by it."

Australian Prime Minister's house by Jack Davies, Nicholas Roberts and Henry Stephens
Entrance

The lodge, which would be constructed from concrete, local timber and recycled metal, is proposed for a site at Attunga Point, a landscaped peninsula overlooking Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.

Australian Prime Minister's house by Jack Davies, Nicholas Roberts and Henry Stephens
Plan – click for larger image

"This design stood out as one that most successfully integrates the built forms with the subtle landscape of Attunga Point," the judges noted in their remarks. "It responsibly owns the landscape, it is beautifully sited and it celebrates the lake edge location."

Australian Prime Minister's house by Jack Davies, Nicholas Roberts and Henry Stephens
Site plan - click for larger image

Entries were required to include a private home and study, function spaces, a jetty, a swimming pool and areas for garden parties as well as space to present works of art from the National Gallery of Australia.

Australian Prime Minister's house by Jack Davies, Nicholas Roberts and Henry Stephens
Section - click for larger image

Roberts and Davies are both architecture graduates working in New Zealand and Australia respectively, while Stephens is completing his Master of Architecture degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

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