Bicheno House | Ancher Architecture Office

Bicheno House | Ancher Architecture Office | Photographer: Adam Gibson

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Bicheno House | Ancher Architecture Office

Traditional Land Owners


Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Ponting Builders
Adam Gibson
Project summary

A humble shack on Tasmania’s East Coast is respectfully transformed into an intergenerational holiday home with an enhanced connection to nature and each other, without dominating its surrounds.

The result is a stunningly simple gable form— a contemporary nod to Tasmania’s shed architecture—allowing expansive views of Waubs Bay, which were once only visible from a tiny kitchen window whilst washing up.

A playful use of volume increases the occupants’ sense of space in the new extension and, in the original shack; the client’s sense of ‘hygge’ is retained and enhanced.

This careful fusion of old and new resulted in a respectful extension with a modest footprint on the site.

Creative and dynamic solutions were required to work within a modest budget and unusual design challenges, such as: penguin proofing the exterior, to preserve the integrity of the local colony, COVID related border closures and enhanced bushfire overlays.

Ancher Architecture Office’s design exceeded our expectations. Our holiday home has been transformed into a spacious, light and modern meeting place where family and friends gather to enjoy our special slice of Tasmania’s east coast. The way the architects married the original cottage with the new addition was masterful (especially within a modest budget). They created expansive spaces to gather on mass, as well as tranquil areas to retreat to. We are also so pleased with how the new extension is such a discreet addition to the existing cottage, barely visible from the street.

Project Practice Team

Anna Ancher, Design Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Aldanmark, Structural Engineer
Holdfast, Building Surveyor

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Bicheno House | Ancher Architecture Office | Photographer: Adam Gibson

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