Silvertop House | Ben Callery Architects

Silvertop House | Ben Callery Architects | Photographer: Marnie Hawson

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Silvertop House | Ben Callery Architects

Traditional Land Owners


Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Truewood Constructions
Marnie Hawson
Project summary

Perched in the treetops on the hill behind Eltham Village, Silvertop House is a contemporary expression of the natural living synonymous with this beautiful locality and its inhabitants.

The house has an elevated L-shaped floorplan that take advantage of the sloping site while overcoming its difficulties. The front of the house is raised so the living spaces and deck are in the treetops enjoying unobstructed sunlight while maintaining privacy from the street below. The cantilevered deck draws occupants out into their leafy surrounds where vertical and horizontal Silvertop Ash timber slats provide more privacy and control summer sun.

From the street the rectilinear form appears to delicately float in the treetops. The façade changes from opaque to transparent as the Silvertop board & batten cladding transitions into semi-transparent timber slats. This rough-sawn hardwood, from sustainably managed Victorian plantations, is greying gracefully, blending the house into its’ surrounds.

Victorian Jury Presentation

Our home provides a way for us to connect to nature even during those times we need comfort, refuge and retreat from the outside world. That ongoing connection has a positive impact on us daily. The home also provides efficient spaces for work, study and individual pursuits but also generous and beautiful spaces where the family can come together. We derive great joy from the internal and external finishes of the home, from the hand-glazed tiles to the rough-sawn cladding, which reflect the urban bush surrounds that we love so much about Eltham

Project Practice Team

Ben Callery, Design Architect
Jennifer Payette, Project Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Metro Building Surveyors, Building Surveyor
Richard Rees Consulting, Structural Engineer

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Silvertop House | Ben Callery Architects | Photographer: Marnie Hawson

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