Black Box | Archaea

Black Box | Archaea | Photographer: Sam Noonan

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Black Box | Archaea

Traditional Land Owners
Kaurna people

South Australia

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Quigley Building
Sam Noonan
Project summary

Black Box at Malvern is a sculpted contemporary container for the Hope family’s ever-changing art collection. An addition to a 1920’s bungalow, new built form has been defined in black steel and brick, distinctly contrasting the existing, white-painted brick and render. Never seeking to blend or compete, the black contrasts in both form and colour.

An existing Willow Myrtle, its gnarled, knobbly trunk and contrasting feathery foliage was retained and helped inform a design response that saw the eventual floorplate hold tight to the existing, extending laterally across the site rather than stretching towards the rear, savouring the tree.

The addition stands bold in black, with a sense of formality through its form coupled with a softness emerging from the contrasting palettes internally. The result is a home reminding the Hope family that beyond a canvas for artwork, the space is also, and more importantly, a canvas for family life.

Sally and the team at Archaea were amazing to work with. Professional and creative, they brought to life our project working to brief of “black, white, and straight lines”. The result is a home with unique warmth that brings our small family together. Perhaps most importantly, Archaea managed the build contract and helped delivery of our project on time and budget during a difficult construction climate in 2022. The communication, problem solving, and depth of knowledge during the build is something we recommend to everyone, it’s an emotional journey and having Archaea’s expertise during that time was priceless – we-love-our-new-home!

Project Consultant and Construction Team

BCA Concepts, Building Surveyor
Energy and Outdoor Design, ESD Consultant
Structural Systems, Engineer

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Black Box | Archaea | Photographer: Sam Noonan

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