2016 National Architecture Awards: Residential Architecture – Houses (New) Award

Deepdene House by Kennedy Nolan Residential Architecture – Houses (New): National Award Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

The Deepdene House represents a confident assembly of threads that are evident in the past work of the architect. The presentation of this home to the streetscape is as important as the resolution of the expansive program. The house respectfully acknowledges the surrounding neighbourhood context; however, it also employs subtle shifts that elevate the architecture beyond simple references to the past. Behind a high fence (which is typical for the street) is a pyramid roof of terracotta shingles dressed in a recessed copper skirt. The roof is offset by tapering brick chimneys capped in handmade terracotta chimneypots and the combination of these elements stimulates a sense of enquiry. Arguably this strategy succeeds in giving back to the street what the high fences take away. The roof form encloses the primary open-plan living space, strategically connecting pool, garden and kitchen. Beyond the terracotta and brick pavilion, a two-storey rear wing of brick and concrete efficiently accommodates sleeping areas for a family of seven and necessary service and retreat spaces. The interiors are integral to the atmosphere of this comfortable family home, successfully combining robustness with a level of appropriate refinement. The result is a welcoming family home that will be appreciated for many years by its neighbours as much as by its occupants.


Kennedy Nolan Architects
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Patrick Kennedy, Rachel Nolan (principal architects); Susannah Lempriere, Matilda Blazey (project architects); Adriana Hanna (documentation and interiors)
Builder Buildingmakers
Building surveyor MBS Building Surveying
Engineer BHS Engineers
Landscape consultant Amanda Oliver
Site Details
Location Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Site type Suburban
Project Details
Status Built
Completion date 2015
Category Residential
Type New houses



Published online: 3 Nov 2016
Words: National Architecture Awards Jury 2016
Images: Kennedy Nolan


Architecture Australia, November 2016

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