Garden Tower House | Studio Bright

Garden Tower House | Studio Bright | Photographer: Rory Gardiner

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Garden Tower House | Studio Bright

Traditional Land Owners


Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Frank (Victoria) Pty Ltd
Rory Gardiner
Project summary

Garden Tower House is a gymnastic exercise in making a family home with all the amenities one might have on a suburban block, fit into a very tight 4.2-metre wide site in Cremorne. The addition to the rear has a singular, all-encompassing outer skin of breezeblock, employed to diffuse the boundary interface and moderate the two-way arm-wrestle between opportunity and detriment.

In such tight planning, every millimetre has to work hard to realise programmatic potential, every wall surface needed to contribute to supporting family life.

At every opportunity, lush greenery is introduced in small pockets of planted area that, in total, seek to offer verdant backyard surroundings where none are possible. The breezeblock-clad volumes form a trellis for climbing leafiness to eventually take over. The ambition is that Garden Tower House will, over time, become attached to and embedded in nature, offering calming respite from the pressing urban context.

Victorian Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Victorian Jury Presentation

Our project is a tiny inner urban site and every millimetre was agonised over to ensure the functional requirements were achieved without sacrificing on the beauty. It is clear the commitment from the Studio Bright team to design excellence goes through every aspect of the process and everything they do. We have tranquillity on a 144-metre site. We love it!

Project Practice Team

Amy Tung, Graduate of Architecture
Emily Watson, Project Architect
Jaxon Webb, Architect
Maia Close, Architect
Melissa Bright, Director
Rachel Freeman, Horticulturist
Robert McIntyre, Director for Design Realisation

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Meyer Consulting, Engineer

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Garden Tower House | Studio Bright | Photographer: Rory Gardiner

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