Butterfly House | Lara Architects

Butterfly House | Lara Architects | Photographer: Tim Mullane

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Butterfly House | Lara Architects

Traditional Land Owners


COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
EmAGN Project Award
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Kematch Pty Ltd
Tim Mullane
Project summary

A feature roof with a delicate and elegant geometry, creates a unique expression, much like butterfly landing on the dwelling.
Located within a residential area, the existing house is now too small for its owner and in need of expansion with an open-plan living area.

The existing house is tastefully renovated, and rooms are carefully repurposed to increase the number of bedrooms, in order to accommodate a growing family if needed. Crucial to the project is the concept that this new space be flooded with natural light and as part of the brief, the roof is to be a feature element both inside and on the outside.

The new addition faces north, and the new roof provides extra ceiling height as well as abundant access to natural light.
Articulated to regulate access to the northern sun, the design response leans on the feature roof to create a unique internal experience.

Victorian Jury Presentation

This new unique area is everything I wanted. From the initial meetings and early drawings, I knew that Carlos and Mark had listened to my brief and needs. I now have a beautiful, practical and light-filled space that allows me to work from home, and a kitchen and indoor/outdoor area for entertaining and relaxing.

It is amazing to step through into this beautiful part of the house and see its unexpected spaciousness. I love the bright kitchen and thoughtfully designed natural ventilation. The deck is perfect for working from home on and for hanging out and unwinding on the weekends.

Project Practice Team

Mark Lam Architect, Collaborator. Reg No 17507 VIC

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Butterfly House | Lara Architects | Photographer: Tim Mullane

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