Perth-based Graduate Architect, Johannes Lupolo-Chan, has won the 2013 CSR Cemintel 9 Dots Award and a 17-day Architectural trip to the USA for his innovative, yet practical urban dwelling design.

Titled 10x10 The Laneway House, the winning design is a proposed typology for new laneway housing in Perth’s inner city suburbs – notorious for having the lowest density per km² in Australia.

After analysis found a typical block size was 400-500m² and usually 10m wide, Lupolo-Chan came up with 10x10 to allow easy subdivision of existing land with access to laneways.

Utilizing Cemintel’s Creative range of cladding and ceiling solutions, including Cemintel Scarborough Weatherboard, BareStone and Texture Coating System, the design allows individuals to personalise the 10x10 houses.

Lupolo-Chan said he liked the challenge of small, tight and quirky space and believes there are many great examples of ‘smaller living’ from architects in Japan, America and Europe.

“I have previously designed three small townhouses on 300m² plots, each which revolved around the courtyard typology in an inner city Perth suburb and this has inspired me to focus on the more unique size homes and land,” said Lupolo-Chan.

Cemintel Senior Product Manager, Ben Thompson, said Johannes was chosen as the 2013 winner based on his vision for comfortable and affordable housing in high density established areas.

“The 10x10 concept meets the specific need for urban infill in Australia’s inner-city areas. Designed for the many laneways that weave their way through these established suburbs, the concept offers the comfort of a single dwelling with high lofty ceilings and access to northerly sunlight into the home providing a comfortable and bright feel,” said Thompson.

The judging panel, consisting of Malcolm Carver of Scott Carver Architects, Melonie Bayl-Smith of Bijl Architects Sydney, Kim Chadwick of Colourways and David Neustein of Other Architects, were unanimous in their decision.

“The success of the broad-minded urban considerations in the 10x10 Laneway House design proposal is founded in its material language and keen sense of scale, said judge Melonie Bayl-Smith on behalf of the panel.

Bayl-Smith also highlighted Lupolo-Chan’s selection of Scarborough Weatherboard as the key external cladding element, with the horizontal application de-emphasising the height of the three storey dwelling unit and providing a reference point to the traditional use of board cladding in Australian residential building.

“This application of Scarborough Weatherboard cladding then continues to the interior wall lining, where it is combined with Cemintel’s Texture Coating System, enhancing the inhabitant’s sense of space as it is extended through the distinct material language and texture,” said Mrs Bayl-Smith.

For the second year, a high commendation and $1,000 went to Andreas Hahn of Melbourne for his entry La Scala, which features Scarborough Weatherboards, RendaLine and Designer Series Slimline Slate.

Winning the new Student Category and accepting $2,000 towards student fees, was Karl Martin for his flexible community centre. Martin pushed the conventional uses of the Cemintel Creative range of products, designing Edge Cladding around water tanks.

Peter Brown was also commended under the student category for his design of Peter’s Market House, a proposed community centre for the Eco Sustainable Village featuring BareStone.