Curtin Residence | Cast Studio

Curtin Residence | Cast Studio | Photographer: Jack Lovel

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Curtin Residence | Cast Studio

Traditional Land Owners
Whadjak People of the Nyoongar Nation

Western Australia

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Burgio Construction
Jack Lovel
Project summary

This small residential extension for a professional couple nestles between an existing brick ‘California Bungalow’ and a raised pool with deck, replacing a dark ‘lean to’ addition with daylit spaces that are connected to the site and the sky. Sitting almost exactly on the footprint of the demolished addition, the project brief was for ‘better, not more’. Packed with the clients’ beautiful art and furniture, the house does lots with less and shows that a modest footprint can be more than enough when each space works hard throughout the days and seasons.

Conceptually the project is a single pitched roof volume cut into two pieces. Inverting the logic of the existing house, with its lower flat ceilings and internalised spaces, the new high-level windows bring light deep into the house throughout the day, ensuring that the modest rooms feel generous and lively in section.

Project Practice Team

David Barr, Design Architect
Stephen Hicks, Design Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Alti Lighting, Lighting Consultant
Instruct Consulting Engineers, Structural Engineer

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