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2014 Houses Awards: New House under 200 m2

New House under 200 m2 Dogtrot House by Dunn & Hillam Architects 2014 Houses Awards

Jury comment

Although in an obvious lineage of Australian shed architecture, this simple shelter is convincingly a permanent camp site, where the experience and delight of being in the place are more important (and rejuvenating) than conventional comforts. Yes, you will occasionally get wet and cold, but genuine immersion in a special place has clearly underpinned the development of this scheme.

Careful consideration of the plan reveals that the major room at the north is essentially a covered outdoor room – the caravan annexe or tent fly. It is the space for community, from which daily activities are planned, launched and celebrated. Truly interior spaces are the all-weather places that permanent camp sites require – for sleeping, ablutions and cooking.

Considerable effort has been made throughout this house in plan, section and materiality, all of which contribute to the sense of care and privilege. Although base camps can be made in multiple (and often destructive) ways, Dogtrot House is rendered in an articulate and rigorous manner by architect and builder while never presuming that buildings are more significant than landscape.

See full image galleries of all the winning and shortlisted projects here.

Award for New House under 200 m2 supported by Artedomus.


Dunn and Hillam Architects
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Project Team
Ashley Dunn, Lee Hillam, Linden Thorley, Jonathan Temple, Grace Mortlock
Builder Smith and Primmer
Bushfire consultant Eco Logical Australia
Engineer John Carrick
Site details
Category Residential buildings
Type Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built
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