Pi-Pad | mcmahon and nerlich

Pi-Pad | mcmahon and nerlich | Photographer: Shannon McGrath

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Pi-Pad | mcmahon and nerlich

Traditional Land Owners


COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Horizon Building Group
Shannon McGrath
Project summary

Pi_Pad is an upper level dwelling adjacent Albert Park reserve along the lightrail tracks. Innovative but simple in parti – it goes ‘up’ rather than ‘out’ to create the much-needed flexibility that this house needs, creating a stand-alone retreat for the main couple but also a multi-generational and multi-modal dwelling immersed in landscape and place despite it’s inner-city conext. The focus of the design is a striking metal-clad top level, with soaring eaves and dual-balconies to anchor interior and exterior spaces into the St Kilda West landscape.

Victorian Jury Presentation

Living in the country we use Pi Pad as a city holiday house. The renovation suits our short-term city visits with friends / family and our longer term plan to move permanently.

The top floor gives us extra room for visitors plus a proper ‘backyard’ we can entertain in and get a feeling of space. The extra bathroom in the middle floor allows visiting families their own privacy and the resort style makes us feel we are really on holiday.

When we move, we will have space for the kids to visit and a kitchen/living area big enough for family Christmases

Project Practice Team

Danielle Pozzebon, Graduate of Architecture
David Veidt, Graduate of Architecture
Joanne Hanson, Graduate of Architecture
Kate McMahon, Design Architect
Rob Nerlich, Design Architect

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Pi-Pad | mcmahon and nerlich | Photographer: Shannon McGrath

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