Shiplap House | Chenchow Little

Shiplap House | Chenchow Little | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Shiplap House | Chenchow Little

Traditional Land Owners
Gadigal and Birrabirragal people of the Eora Nation

New South Wales

Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Building with Options
Peter Bennetts
Project summary

The Shiplap House is located atop a headland ridge and is exposed to intense sunlight, a harsh saline environment and strong winds from the ocean. The character of the suburb has changed in recent years with exotic gardens and large masonry houses replacing the endemic coastal planting and weatherboard fisherman’s cottages of early European settlement.

The façade of the Shiplap House is clad with white painted timber boarding to reference the materiality of the traditional fishing cottages. The distinctive reverse veneer construction provides comfortable interior temperatures year round. The openings within the façade are carefully sited to maximise and frame dramatic views over the harbour while maintaining privacy between the closely sited neighbouring houses. Ventilation panels adjacent to each window provide natural cross ventilation of the spaces and sun shading awnings provide a playful pattern to the façade.

The house is set within a garden of endemic planting.

New South Wales Architecture Awards Accolades
Commendation for Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Shortlist – Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
New South Wales Jury Presentation

This is a very special house which has exceeded our expectations. We love that the layout of the home allows us to bond together as a family whilst also offering pockets to be a recluse for creativity. The minimalist layout and interior allows for interchangeable personalisation, especially in the children’s bedrooms which will change over time just like they will. Our home offers us serene modernity – a beautiful balancing act between expansive harbour views and privacy – and there are still plenty of walls and ledges to display our art, plants and personal belongings.

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Shiplap House | Chenchow Little | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

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