Slate House | Austin Maynard Architects

Slate House | Austin Maynard Architects | Photographer: Tess Kelly

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Slate House | Austin Maynard Architects

Traditional Land Owners


Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
The Dimity Reed Melbourne Prize (VIC)
Swell Building Group
Tess Kelly
Project summary

Slate House is a new three level, high-performing, high-end apartment building of 14 spacious homes, in the bayside suburb of Brighton.
The design is the careful articulation of built form to fit gently within the street character; sensitive to the size and presence of other houses and to its direct neighbour Cardinia House, a significant heritage home. We looked to Architecture that spoke of scale, texture and materiality to inform the design. We aimed for the building to appear domestic, small and loveable. The intention was a synthesis of the prevailing rich history, heritage character and domestic context, to show there was an alternative to the overbearing and clinical modernist box.

Slate House delivers beautiful, thoughtful and refined homes focused on aesthetics, context and sustainability. Achieving an outstanding NatHERS rating of 8.2 stars, Slate House is Brighton’s first fossil-fuel-free multi-residential apartment building.

Victorian Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
Victorian Jury Presentation

“We wanted to offer a beautiful place to live that was site specific with outstanding sustainability credentials. All the early design concepts we saw came back the same, except Austin Maynard Architects who came back with a pitched roof. Placed in the context of the street, it resonated with us.

The design, layout, attention to detail and the playfulness has been been really well received. Residents are getting an award-winning Austin Maynard Architects building that references their body of work. Everything is well thought out. Whether it’s a small house, large house, or multi residential, they approach each project uniquely.”

Project Practice Team

Andrew Maynard, Design Architect
Mark Austin, Design Architect
Mark Stranan, Project Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Access Studio, Access Consultant
Cogent Acoustics, Acoustic Consultant
Florenancig Smith, Building Surveyor
Form, Services Consultant
GIW Environmental Solutions, ESD Consultant
John Patrick Landscapes, Landscape Consultant
KPA, Structural Engineer
Lucent, Developer
Lucent, Project Manager
Ratio, Town Planner
Ratio, Traffic Consultant
Ratio, Waste Management Consultant

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Slate House | Austin Maynard Architects | Photographer: Tess Kelly

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