Ryde Street House | Bence Mulcahy

2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards

2020 Tasmanian Architecture Awards: People's Choice

Ryde Street House | Bence Mulcahy

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations & Additions)

Ryde Street House is a one-storey, single-fronted, conjoined workers cottage.
After living in the house for 15 years, with a growing family, the owner’s choice was to adapt or move. The brief called for a larger living area, an additional bedroom and bathroom and connection to the garden. With a desire to minimise bulk, overlooking and overshadowing, the existing is reconfigured within a similar envelope, inventing space. The new reasserts the cottage’s asymmetrical gabled form and materiality. The singular colour palette plays homage to context; red, the dominant colour of Hobart’s inner city suburbs is referenced in degrees. Memories of the existing linger in the exposed internal brick walls. An example of social sustainability, this project allows the family to continue to live and grow in the community they love. It serves as a gentle manifesto of how to densify while insulating neighbourhoods from economic and social trends.

Ryde Street House | Bence Mulcahy | Photographer: Adam Gibson
Ryde Street House | Bence Mulcahy | Photographer Adam Gibson

Client perspective:
How does the design benefit the way you live/work/play/operate/educate/other?

“Its a perfect base for family life. Transforming our cottage has allowed us to stay in the community we love as our children grow. There is something for everyone in its use of space: the landing doubles as a library, the study as music room, downstairs there’s room for life with kids in full-force-LEGO-city one end and dancing in the other. It is remarkably calming: a cool silent sanctuary with a captivating play of light. It has an intimacy that comes from being designed by Shamus for his family. It reflects our personalities and how we lead our lives.”


Practice team

Shamus Mulcahy – Director

Sophie Bence – Director

Bek Verrier – Associate


Thylacine Constructions – Builder

JMG Pty Ltd – Engineer

L TBS Pty Ltd – Building Surveyor

RED Sustainability Consultants – ESD Consultant

Adam Gibson – Photographer

Our partners

Principal Partner
Major National Partners
National Corporate Partners
National Supporting Partners

​National Insurance Partner

National Media Partner
State Partners

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