Fossil House | Rob Henry Architects

Fossil House | Rob Henry Architects | Photographer: Ben King Photography

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Fossil House | Rob Henry Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Ngunnawal and Ngambri

Australian Capital Territory

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Walmsley Building Solutions
Ben King Photography
Project summary

Fossil House is located across from the O’Connor Ridge bushland on a street with a legacy of mid-century architect designed homes. Taking cues from the site context, both landscape and architecture, a contemporary house rises out of the earth with its fossil-coloured block base. It is confident in scale yet calm in materiality.

Working with a challenging sloping site, the north facing internal spaces are segmented into a series of interconnected levels that step up with the site, each level visually connected to the next. Every space is modestly scaled yet generous through their relationships with each other.

Fossil House deliberately ignores convention and design trends in its pursuit to be at one with its context. It delivers a warm and homely environment that supports connectedness for its occupants. Net zero carbon credentials, high quality construction, and thoughtful material selection will allow this house to stand the test of time.

ACT Architecture Awards Accolades
Commendation for Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
ACT Jury Citation

Like its namesake, Fossil House emerges from the contours of its site as an earthy addition to the landscape. The house effectively steps up through the steep incline, and the architect has masterfully articulated the home over multiple levels that shift in scale while following the raked ceiling of cross laminated timber beams within.

Views of the bushland beyond are carefully selected providing privacy and intimacy throughout. Rob Henry Architects has created a wholesome home, sure to truly stand the test of time.

Flow, Connection and Calm

Our family’s life flows more smoothly, daily routines are frictionless, and our family is effortlessly connected through the flowing spaces. We can appreciate the seasons; in winter we are warm and bathed in light and in summer we can enjoy a breeze in the shade. We are grounded by the views of nature and encouraged to connect outside.

Throughout the year, the house produces more power than we use, including charging two EVs, while there is more we can do, it is nice to know our living and transport now has a lower impact.

Project Practice Team

Rob Henry, Project Architect

Chloe Yin, Graduate of Architecture

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Northrop Engineers, Structural Engineer

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Fossil House | Rob Henry Architects | Photographer: Ben King Photography

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