2015 Houses Awards: Outdoor

Outdoor Cut Paw Paw by Andrew Maynard Architects 2015 Houses Awards

Jury comment

Setting aside the simple domestic-variety binary of inside and outside, Cut Paw Paw challenges typical notions of how we might use our outdoor spaces in an inventive and playful way.

A key element in unlocking the potential of the project brief is the straightforward row of steel portal frames behind the freestanding weatherboard home. Deliberately flirting with notions of the incomplete and the partially demolished, this project has a dynamism that lets the user take advantage of the best the climate offers, while also offering shelter when it needs to.

While the new industrial arbour utilizes a good amount of the available site, this project also shows that the architects know when to leave things well alone – the generous strip of less-defined open space grants all the living areas, both indoor and outdoor, year-round access to summer sun.

Cut Paw Paw is an intriguing and discerning surmise at what our outdoor spaces can be.

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

Award for Outdoor is supported by Artemide.


Austin Maynard Architects
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Andrew Maynard, Mark Austin
Builder Mark Projects
Engineer Maurice Farrugia and Associates
Site Details
Location Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Project Details
Status Built
Completion date 2014
Category Residential
Type New houses, Outdoor / gardens



Published online: 31 Jul 2015
Images: Peter Bennetts


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