Square House | Mather Architecture

Square House | Mather Architecture | Photographer: Tim Shaw Photography

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Square House | Mather Architecture

Traditional Land Owners

Australian Capital Territory

COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
EmAGN Project Award
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Country Builders
Tim Shaw Photography
Project summary

Square House is an elevated late 60’s modernist home situated on a steeply sloping block in Farrer. The aim was to minimise the impact of any additions on the natural environment by creating very minimal extensions that interrupt the perfect square, with a total of 16m2 added to the floor plan. The first ‘pop out’ for the kitchen area adds space under the existing roofline, while the second, projects further out than the existing roofline, utilising the continuous roof through–to–wall properties of longline cladding to create a neat insertion.

New cedar windows provide material warmth and contrast the simple lines of the exterior cladding. Sunshade shrouds on windows to the north and west were added along with stained timber battened garage door, front balustrade, dividing screen, and feature sliding panel. These elements connect the mid–century house with the client’s love of Japanese architecture. The result is a calm, light–filled home

The new design has given our home a fresh makeover and has brought us closer to the outdoors. Additionally, it has improved the internal living spaces, making our daily lives more convenient. The kitchen is now more functional, bright, and spacious, enabling us to gather casually for meals. The larger dining room provides a comfortable space for entertaining. We have also converted the pop–out into a teenage retreat. We love the way the design brings touches of Japanese style from our many trips to Japan to a contemporary mid–century modern.

Project Consultant and Construction Team

CBS Building Surveyors, Building Surveyor
Powerhouse engineering (formally known as AJP engineering), ESD Consultant
Sellick Consultants, Structural Engineer

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