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2016 Houses Awards: House Alteration & Addition under 200 m2

House Alteration & Addition under 200 m2 Baffle House by Clare Cousins Architects 2016 Houses Awards

Jury comment

This simple addition to the rear of an Edwardian cottage in Melbourne integrates delightfully with both the existing bungalow and the garden area. The north-facing addition makes use of a baffle device to protect the house from the sun and as a transition to the garden space surrounding it. As well as acting as a sun regulator, the baffle casts dramatic shadows throughout the day.

The garden has been treated as an artwork that serves to bind the new addition and the older cottage. The scale of the addition sits happily with the existing building and the new spaces within are modest in size – yet the light-filled new living area acts as a joyous counterpoint to the rest of the house. The addition, with its light skeletal framework, is a distinct contrast to the brick-and-shingle cottage. The garden context skilfully shapes the perception of the house and the experience of the spaces within.

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

Award for House Alteration & Addition under 200 m2 is supported by Asko.


Clare Cousins Architects
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Clare Cousins, Oliver Duff, Candice Chan, Jacky Chan
Engineer Co-Struct
Landscaping Eckersley Garden Architecture, Vivid Landscapes
Steel contractor I & H Webb
Site details
Location Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Category Residential buildings
Type Alts and adds, Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 22 Jul 2016
Images: Lisbeth Grosmann


Houses, July 2016

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