Residence 264 | Enzo Caroscio Architecture

Residence 264 | Enzo Caroscio Architecture | Photographer: Peter Fisher

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Residence 264 | Enzo Caroscio Architecture

Traditional Land Owners
Kaurna Country

South Australia

Interior Architecture
Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Active Building Developments
Peter Fisher
Project summary

Residence 264 is a new and innovative house typology derived from its site’s constraints and designed to take advantage of its location’s amenity. Nestled between building forms on three sides, the architectural design is crafted to achieve the best passive design by the introduction of courtyards, light voids and roof terraces. The plan for the dwelling has evolved to achieve the best amenity to the home. The living areas are located on upper levels and are setback from the adjoining north boundary wall to allow natural daylight to penetrate within the dwelling and avoiding overshadowing. All habitable spaces share views to crafted landscape courtyards and allow for cross ventilation and daylight. The additional upper level family space is recessed from the street facade and opens up to a desirable private external roof terrace not normally found in the inner city.

South Australia Architecture Awards Accolades
Commendation for Interior Architecture
The John S Chappel Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) (SA)
South Australia Jury Citation

Houses (New)

Seen through the ‘hit-and-miss’ brick wall to Wright Street, Residence 264 intrigues. Nestled in inner-city Adelaide like it was always meant to be there, the building seamlessly integrates with the existing streetscape.

A project of true passion and skill, the property offers tranquility and a feeling of abundant space across the three levels.

Lushly landscaped, introspective courtyards contrast against strategically located terrace spaces that elevate the connection to the rooftops and framed views of the city skyline and distant hills.

Flooded with natural daylight and well-ventilated, walls of sliding glazed doors allow connection to the sights and sounds of the city. All spaces are carefully considered, right down to the smallest of details.

There is an abundance of technical skill usually reserved for commercial building. This allows the small site to be maximized to its fullest potential, resulting in a generous, flexible, family-friendly home that is a true credit to the skill of the architect.


Residence 264 defies the constraints of its city site, integrating sophisticated interiors with external spaces of repose. Concealed functional areas – a laundry behind sliders or study alcove beyond kitchen cabinetry – enable the central living area to feel generous and serene.

Moments of magic abound. Deliberate pauses in balustrading provide unexpected sightlines and light while bespoke door handles provide tactile delight. What elevates these interiors is their connection to site: borrowing from the street tree canopy and integrating courtyards to create a seamless and surprisingly tranquil setting.

South Australia Jury Presentation

Most Architects dream of designing their own home. It allows them to express their philosophy on how they want to live, reflects their quality of design and showcases their ability to achieve urban and sustainable outcomes without compromise. After 20 years this dream has become a reality with Residence 264. Designed as a sanctuary in the city, the house is both private and open, has all the amenities of a family home with the advantage of the city lifestyle and skyline views.

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Drew Rudd Engineers, Structural Engineer

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Residence 264 | Enzo Caroscio Architecture | Photographer: Peter Fisher

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