Timber House | Mather Architecture

Timber House | Mather Architecture | Photographer: Vanessa Smyth Photography

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Timber House | Mather Architecture

Traditional Land Owners

Australian Capital Territory

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Paul Howick – stage 1
Vanessa Smyth Photography
Project summary

Timber House showcases how existing buildings with character and charm can be successfully transformed for modern family living. The 62 sqm extension and clever reconfiguration of functional spaces has brought new life to this 1970s home originally designed by Harkin & Ziersch Architects from Melbourne.

Existing features, including timber ceilings and clerestory windows, have been revived and celebrated, with new clerestory windows bringing in additional natural light and a soft illumination to the space. New timber flooring, joinery and ceiling linings result in a delightfully warm and comforting home. Expansive double–glazed windows capture views to outside and lush vegetation, while drenching the living areas with natural light.

Stage 1: new garage/workshop and a self–contained unit under the main home for multi–generational living or guests. Stage 2: master bedroom suite was constructed along with a reconfiguration of internal spaces. Stage 3: new kitchen, dining, and living areas featuring clerestory windows.

Our brief to Mather Architecture in re–designing our home was to retain the character and features of the original house but add space and better flow for us and our extended interstate family to enjoy. The changes have not only created more space with additional bedrooms and bathrooms but have improved the light and flow of our central living area. The original features we loved in this space have been accentuated and improved now filling the space with natural light and capturing the elevated views of the surrounding hills and tree canopies.

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Capital Veneering, Joiner and Design collaborator
Powerhause Engineering (formally known as AJP Engineering), ESD Consultant
Sellick Consultants, Structural Engineer

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