Location: Earlwood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Architects: Architect Prineas
Photography © Chris Warnes
‘House. Koller’ is a renovation and extension for a Swiss couple and their two children. For them, the choice of timber was a nostalgic one. The new timber pavilion plays with traditional Swiss building methods. It serves as a little reminder of the couple’s childhood memories in Switzerland. The traditional shiplap cladding plays against the contemporary form – a tactile container for contemporary living. Between the timber extension and existing house is a smooth transition that takes full advantage of the sunlight. It has plenty of openings and provides a visual, and at times, direct connection to the garden. The families Swiss heritage is carried into the renovated spaces, where traditional timber details are treated with a contemporary sensibility – hearths, picture rails or floorboards are painted white or lime-washed and sit comfortably alongside the contemporary pavilion.
All images courtesy of Architect Prineas | © Chris Warnes
Eva-Marie Prineas founded Architect Prineas in 2004. As the Principal Architect, she is a quick problem solver with an ability to make things happen.
Her early career began at Clive Lucas Stapleton & Partners, where an exposure to Heritage Conservation areas set the foundation to Architect Prineas’ philosophy on adapting and understanding places that are already special. She also worked at Environa Studio, a practice focusing on sustainable buildings and landscapes, and later co-founded and directed The Superstudio, before starting her own practice.
Outside of practising architecture, Eva-Marie is frequently involved with the industry. She was one of the founders of DARCH – the Australian Institute of Architects group for emerging architects and maintains a role as guest critic at the University of Sydney. Eva-Marie is also an examiner for the architects registration exam at the NSW Board of Architects. In 2007 she was elected onto the NSW Chapter Council for the RAIA and has continued to contribute to numerous juries since, including the Institute of Architects Awards in 2006 and 2013.
Eva-Marie possesses a balanced and organised disposition. Her career is held steady by her family-orientated and active lifestyle. Her well-grounded attitude and values on quality extend to all aspects of her life.
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