My Ideal House to be built in heart of Macarthur

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Man with a mallet: NSW planning minister Rob Stokes hammers in the competition sign on the block of land where the winning design will be built. Behind him is Camden MP Chris Patterson.

Right now it’s a just a block of land with sweeping views to the west of Camden and the Blue Mountains.

But in the middle of next year construction will begin there on a contemporary Australian home that could be the start of a new design style for the next 50 years.

The design of this home will be the winning entry into a competition that was launched on site earlier today by Planning Minister Rob Stokes, who was accompanied by Camden MP Chris Patterson.

The building block, in the heart of Macarthur country, is just inside a new master planned community, Crest by Mirvac at Gledswood Hills, on the eastern part of the historic Gledswood Homestead property.

Mirvac has joined forces with Australian House & Garden magazine for My Ideal House, the design competition which carries a $25,000 prize for the winner.

Entrants have until March 6 next year to enter their design, while the final judging will take place in April with construction to get under way in mid-2016.

Mr Stokes welcomed the competition, saying it gave Sydney a chance to have a discussion that could lead to better house design overall.

“It’s terrific to be here  with the two main partners, who have a tradition of design excellence, one via publishing for more than 60 years and Mirvac, who have a reputation for design innovation in their estates.

“Let’s hope that the competition and the discussion may result in the creation of the great vernacular Australian home design for the next 50 years.

“This sort of discussion about good design may help Sydney become a great city instead of being just another city.’’

Australian House & Garden editor Lisa Green told the launch it was time to re-think the way we live, to design a house that considers and supports the needs of a family in a fast-changing world.

“It’s time to reignite the conversation around good home design again,’’ Ms Green said.

The competition is open to architects, design professionals and Australian residents over 16 years of age, who wish to try their hand.

♦ To enter the competition or for more information, visit My Ideal House website.

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