2012 National Architecture Awards: Residential – Houses

Smee Schoff House by Sam Crawford Architects Residential Architecture – Houses: National Commendation Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

The Smee Schoff House involves alterations and additions to a Federation bungalow in Sydney’s inner west. As is common in such projects, the clients’ brief called for the removal of the dysfunctional rear portions of the house, refurbishment of the higher-quality rooms to the front and the addition of new cooking, bathing and living spaces to the rear.

This project is very much a reflection of the clients’ creativity and personalities, and of a true client/architect collaboration: both the architect and the clients took an atypical approach to the use of space, wanting neither an open-plan living space nor separate and defined rooms. As such, the kitchen is for eating, the dining room is for playing music, and the sitting room is for study. This refreshing attitude results in fluid, interlocking, multipurpose spaces, each with a distinct character.

This is a uniquely tailored house that has been designed with an eye for comfort. It is remarkably luxurious given that the budget was modest. The skill displayed by the architect in modulating space, in creating areas specific to the clients’ needs and in controlling the relationship between the various spaces must be applauded.


Sam Crawford Architects
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Builder Buildability Constructions
Building surveyor Hill and Blume
Cost consultant QS Services
Landscape consultant Hugh Main
Structural and hydraulic engineers Northrop Consulting Engineers
Site details
Location Sydney,  NSW,  Australia
Category Residential buildings
Type Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 2 Nov 2012
Words: National Architecture Awards Jury 2012
Images: Brett Boardman


Architecture Australia, November 2012

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