Pop Top | Licht Architecture

Pop Top | Licht Architecture | Photographer: Adam Gibson

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Pop Top | Licht Architecture

Traditional Land Owners
Muwinina people of lutruwita


EmAGN Project Award
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Soda Projects
Adam Gibson
Project summary

On a tight suburban block, Pop Top is a city pad (1 bed, 1 bath) perched on top of an existing garage. This project is an exercise in balancing a sense of spatial generosity in a small footprint while maintaining the privacy of its occupants and surrounding neighbours. Pop Top reflects our client’s personality – sophisticated and always ready to host a party.

Closely nestled near its neighbours, fine screening allows the building to direct the eye to kunanyi and Hobart’s Northern Suburbs whilst shielding occupants from looking onto close neighbours. Angled fins extend as a fence demarcating private / public zones, softened by considered planting. The existing double garage and new carport is a shadow underneath, allowing the crisp white addition to float above.

This project works hard to provide enjoyment through a sculpted internal ceiling, light and shadow throughout the day, pops of colour and framed views.

I wanted well-lit house that considered my neighbours and ensured the outlook to Mt. Wellington was ever-present.

I’m stoked with how the space feels a lot bigger than its footprint, probably because of the volume in ceiling height. One of my favourite things is the bathroom skylight and its peachy colour it throws absolutely changes the space and how I’d expected to experience it. It’s a totally unexpected surprise. I love it!

I also love the framing of the mountain, the shades of light from the window sitting above the kitchen and the glimpses of valley views to the north.

Project Practice Team

Jason Licht, Project Architect
Rachel Licht, Project Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Holdfast, Building Surveyor
Hutchings Spurr, Structural Engineer
RED Sustainability, ESD Consultant
Weir and Co, Landscape Consultant

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Pop Top | Licht Architecture | Photographer: Adam Gibson

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