2014 National Architecture Awards: Residential – Houses (Alterations and Additions)

Strohmayr House by Troppo Architects Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions): National Commendation Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

Strohmayr House is a renovation of a much-loved elevated home built in pre-cyclone Darwin. At the centre of the design is a large outdoor living space surrounding a pool – the focal point of the garden. The existing house remains a dominant element and the three new buildings borrow their formal language from both the porosity of this building and its connection with the outside space. The children’s bedrooms and the living space are still housed within the original building.

Together, an open kitchen and large covered verandah form a separate building element facing north and west. On the opposite side is a third building housing the master bedroom and, below it, the guest room. Connections between the buildings are open and casual, enhancing the sense of porosity, and you immediately feel relaxed upon entering the compound.

This is a house in which the spaces outside are as much a part of the architecture as those inside. The outside areas are dramatic, generous and welcoming. The large overhangs and deep outdoor zones respond to the tropics in a sensible way, but more than this they are welcoming and protective, lending the residence an uplifting flamboyance.


Troppo Architects
Project Team
Joanna Best (project architect), Lena Yali (design architect), Susan Powell, Kerri-Ellen Stallard
Builder Anderson Peters Building
Landscape consultant Outsidesign
Structural consultant JWS Consultants
Site details
Location Darwin,  NT,  Australia
Category Residential buildings
Type Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built
Completion date 2013



Published online: 6 Nov 2014
Words: National Architecture Awards Jury 2014
Images: Fiona Morrison, Joanna Best


Architecture Australia, November 2014

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