Jordan Walker of Space Odyssey Design in Osborne Park in Perth has won the inaugural James Hardie Dream Designer Award. Jordan was presented his award at the National Design Award held by the National Association of Building Designers (NABD), which was held at Sea World Resort on the Gold Coast on October 1.

(Above) A video presentation of Jordan's winning entry.

With housing affordability at an all-time low in many parts of Australia and land sizes shrinking, the challenge for the Building Designers was to design a futuristic house for the Millennial generation. 

Jordan’s winning entry takes a simple rectilinear form, referencing Swiss architect Le Corbusier and his modernist 1931 Villa Savoye, and juxtaposes it with two black hexagon shapes using James Hardie’s Scyon Axon cladding to create a fresh and futuristic ‘Hex House’, which has roof-top green spaces.

Jordan, who is the Studio/Design Director at Space Odyssey Design, has won not just the title, but also a trip to Japan for a design tour to see the craze for kyosho jutaku, Japanese micro homes. The craze was prompted by Japan’s rising real estate prices in the 1990s. 

"Taking part in and winning the James Hardie Dream Designer Award has been absolutely fantastic for us at Space Odyssey Design. The competition played on elements of Australian housing culture that are very close to our hearts. We have known for some time that lot sizes are dwindling and prices are rising, yet people are still building the same way they were 40 to 50 years ago. We need to start reinventing the way we think about residential design, construction and materials because, right now, we are so far behind in Perth. The Hex House is our view on where we, as designers, can take residential design and how we can give people more living space, greater access to the outdoors and most importantly a higher quality lifestyle through design,” says Jordan.

James Hardie and the National Building Designers Association (NABD) challenged the Building Designers Associations in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, to come up with conceptual designs to meet a brief for clients, the Jetsons, 28 year old city-dwellers moving to the suburbs. The Jetsons had purchased a small 394 square metre block of land and wanted to build a futuristic ‘forever’ home that made their city-dweller friends envious enough to join them in the ‘burbs.

Christian Hansen, Marketing Manager, James Hardie, says that the entries showed that building designers are ready for building practices and designs to change and that their creative visions for small lot homes are innovative and inspirational. “We are very excited about the future of building in Australia,” says Christian. “We can expect breath-taking mixed material façades, flexible living spaces and self-sufficient homes.”