Re-Generation House | Alexander Symes Architect with Second Edition and Jane Theau

Re-Generation House | Alexander Symes Architect with Second Edition and Jane Theau | Photographer: Barton Taylor

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Re-Generation House | Alexander Symes Architect with Second Edition and Jane Theau

Traditional Land Owners
Yuin Country
Year
2023
Chapter

New South Wales

Category
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Sustainable Architecture
Builder
Blucore Construction
Photographer
Barton Taylor
Project summary

Located in a sleepy coastal town on Yuin Country, Re-Generation House celebrates the Australian Bush, hosting generations of family, and the regeneration of materials through a circular economy. A low-impact intervention to the site, Re-Generation House retains the site’s existing cottage and provides an additional gabled pavilion, intentionally small in both scale and environmental impact.

Recycled brick, timber cladding, marble, railway sleepers, sandstone steps, tiles, basins, toilets, mirrors, and joinery have been sourced as second-hand or materials that were on their way to landfill. The collaboration shares a respect for materials and the vision of minimising resource depletion by embracing the circular economy: second hand can be beautiful, robust and high-performance.

The dwelling is simple and respectful of its surroundings yet highly considered and crafted to create an example of how we can reuse buildings and materials to create robust structures fit for future climate scenarios.

2023
New South Wales Architecture Awards Accolades
Award for Sustainable Architecture
Shortlist – Sustainable Architecture
New South Wales Jury Presentation

At first sight we loved our humble 60 m2 house, its vernacular and the serenity of its position by the sea, surrounded by bush. Tiny was perfect when our children were tiny, but not so great for four adult children and future grandchildren. It was important to find an architect whose goals aligned with ours: to build as sustainably as possible; to partner with the bush and the existing house in materials and palette; and to create a structure which would not draw attention to itself – to which ASA have succeeded, besides passers-by stopping to stare at the beautiful addition.

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