2013 Houses Awards: New House under 200m2

New House under 200m2 – joint winner Keperra House by A-CH Houses Awards

Jury comment

This project revisits the traditional granny flat and explores an alternative approach to this type of secondary dwelling. Carefully placed on the sloping site to mediate between the existing dwelling and the adjoining parkland, it defines an activated boundary between private and public space. The linear plan provides three small spaces, which alternate between necessary indoor enclosure and outdoor retreat while embracing expansive views of the park. The dwelling is suitably elevated to address privacy issues and its simple linear form floats lightly on a crafted concrete plinth that appears to be a natural extension of the surrounding landscape. Working within a limited budget, the architect has favoured highly crafted detail over expansive space, providing a stimulating living environment for the occupant. The result is a finely tuned yet modest building, which significantly exceeds expectations for its typology.

Read a review of Keperra House from Houses 91.
See full image galleries of all the winning and shortlisted projects here.

Award for New House under 200m2 supported by Artedomus.

Products and materials

Lysaght Custom Orb Zincalume; Ampelite Custom Orb fibreglass in ‘Opal White’.
External walls
Galvanized steel sheeting; in situ concrete, board marked.
Internal walls
Hoop pine plywood, limewashed; Formply; cypress pine with clear sealer.
Southern Star Windows residential profiles in clear anodized aluminium.
Southern Star Windows commercial profiles in clear anodized aluminium; Centor S1E retractable flyscreen; Locker Group expanded-metal screen; galvanized steel sheeting.
Polished concrete with clear penetrating sealer; cypress pine with clear sealer.
Fluorescent lamps.
Formply benchtop, door panels and splashback; plywood cupboards, limewashed; Tradelink plumbing parts; Clark Monaco sink; Westinghouse rangehood and electric cooktop.
Caroma Concorde Sovereign toilet suite; Tradelink plumbing parts; Eco Outdoor basalt stone floor tiles with clear sealer; Laminex Visage vertical surfaces
Desk lamps, chairs and bedside table from Corporate Culture; Eco Outdoor seat cushions and seating pads.


Atelier Chen Hung (A-CH)
Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Project Team
Melody Chen, James Hung, Renee Popovic
Engineer Northrop Consulting Engineers
Joiner Jigsaw Joinery
Site details
Location Keperra,  Brisbane,  Qld,  Australia
Site area 600 m2
Building area 45 m2
Category Residential buildings
Type Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built
Design, documentation 4 months
Construction 6 months



Published online: 25 Jul 2013
Images: Alicia Taylor


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