A new house for the suburbs

By ABC By Design
Rachael Neeson and Nick Murcutt recently won the Wilkinson Award, awarded by the NSW Chapter of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA), for the best house in NSW. What's unusual this year is that the house in in the suburbs, and marks a shift in the thinking around what constitutes a house in the suburbs. The house has a focus on the street, with the use of a front garden and multi-purpose garage, and internally it changes the thinking around the use of glass. It is also a house that has a strong focus on rooms, rather than open planning. Meet Rachel and Nick as they take By Design listeners through their prize winning design in Five Dock, Sydney.
21 July 2007



ABC Radio National’s By Design is a program about how we shape our world - a vibrant show about people and the things that surround us.
From the cities and buildings we live in to the cars we drive and clothes we wear, the program deals with architecture and material culture, the politics of the built environment and design - all through the prism of our daily lives.
It explains how, through the creative process, human ideas take on tangible form and designers reinvent the world to keep pace with its changing needs and desires, lifting the quality of our lives.
The program explores how design -- the way things look, feel and function -- reflects social change; what the decisions we make as consumers of architecture and everyday objects tell us about who we are.