- Department of Defence
- Winnellie, Northern Territory
AIA NT Architecture Awards - Heritage Architecture Award - 2022
AIA NT Architecture Awards - People's Choice Award - 2022
The refurbishment of the heritage-listed Banksian House has reinforced the building’s significance as an example of early-Darwin tropical residential architecture.
Located in RAAF Darwin’s historic Housing Precinct, the building was originally designed by B.C.G Burnett in 1941. The project was a delicate balancing act for the team - preserving the building’s original architectural integrity, fabric, and appeal while providing a modern and useable accommodation facility.
Where new insertions were required, they were designed to enhance and complement the original function and aesthetic of the building, not replicate. Wherever feasible, the original fabric was restored and repaired.
The kitchen and bathroom areas feature a clean, light, contemporary and timeless design to enhance original features such as the timber-framed windows. The colour palette was based on colours used during the building’s inception.
The synergy of preservation, conservation and modern functionality is reflected in the building and is testament to the team’s commitment and expertise.