Canning Cottage is an extremely strong project that demonstrates effective planning in a small space measuring only thirty-two square metres. Every design move has been well considered, with materiality, spatiality and detailing displaying equal strengths in a scheme that is simply immaculate and undeniably innovative. There's a real delight to this project, from its conceptually pure diagram to the uncomplicated, polished resolve of its aesthetic, making it a thoroughly welcoming, playful little gem of a house.
The jury unanimously agreed that Canning Cottage is going to be influential in creating a benchmark for what architects or designers can achieve with small spaces. And while it questions the possibilities for residential design in inner-city Australia, it positively promotes Australian interior design on a world stage. The beauty of Canning Cottage lies not only in its elegant detailing and thoughtful layout, but in its ability to effect change by setting an outstanding example.
Originally built in 1874, the 32sqm workers cottage has been transformed into a fully self contained studio. Through attention to detail and experimentation with materiality, the small space has a big impact.