123 House | Neil Cownie Architect

123 House | Neil Cownie Architect | Photographer: Traianos Pakioufakis

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

123 House | Neil Cownie Architect

Traditional Land Owners
Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation

Western Australia

Interior Architecture
Mondoluce Lighting Award (WA)
Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Calautti Homes
Traianos Pakioufakis
Project summary

123 House seeks to provide my clients and the local community with a new building that sits comfortably in the suburb as though this building has been born from its surroundings. My clients owned and ran an Ampol service station on this site for thirty years before decommissioning the service station and subdividing the site while maintaining the site on the corner for themselves.

Memory of the former petrol station is embodied in the building fabric through various means such as the detailed concrete projections which reference the old Ampol logo, the use of coloured glass which references the colours of petrol and engine oil, the balustrade inspired by the spokes of the wheel and the letterbox that sits upon a vehicle suspension spring to the delight of the owners & the postie.

The articulated building mass and roofscape allow highlight windows to bathe the interior spaces with winter sunlight.

Well beyond the architectural design – Neil’s ability to extend design ideas to encapsulate the wider external environment surrounding the home, to the whole interior design (including furnishings) is equally exceptional. Attention to detail is incredible and unlike anything we have seen, with professionalism and ability to build solid working relationships with everyone involved is what made the project such an enjoyable success.

To us, our family, neighbours and lots of inquisitive strangers, Neil has created an artistic masterpiece. But more importantly, he has created a home that we absolutely love and look forward to enjoying with our family and friends.

Project Practice Team

Neil Cownie, Design Architect
Neil Cownie, Interior Designer
Neil Cownie, Project Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Cenit Group, Structural Engineer

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123 House | Neil Cownie Architect | Photographer: Traianos Pakioufakis

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