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

Point Lonsdale House by NMBW Architecture Studio Residential Architecture – Houses (New): National Award Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

This beach house sits very comfortably among neighbouring dwellings and the native tea-trees on the secondary coastal dunes of Point Lonsdale. The house is strictly and successfully controlled by a nine-grid square plan form, with split levels accommodating a slight fall across the site. The roof form is said to reference historic dwellings in the immediate area but perhaps more obviously it is expressive of an Australian rural vernacular that seems appropriate to its modest intent. This project delivers far more than can be expected from a simple house. Spatial associations are carefully curated and there is a clear commitment to inventive detail throughout the execution. Cross-flow ventilation, shading and thermal mass are combined in a highly crafted, small-footprint solution that comfortably accommodates an influx of visitors over the summer months.

Read the project review by Paul Walker from Architecture Australia May/Jun 2016.


NMBW Architecture Studio
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Nigel Bertram, Marika Neustupny, Lucinda McLean, Laura Harper (design architects); Marie Le Touze (project architect)
Builder BDH Constructions
Building surveyor PLP Building Surveyors & Consultants
Bushfire consultant Mark Trengove Ecological Services
Cost consultant NC Cost Planning
Structural and civil engineer Perrett Simpson
Site Details
Location Point Lonsdale,  Vic,  Australia
Site type Rural
Project Details
Status Built
Completion date 2015
Category Residential
Type New houses



Published online: 3 Nov 2016
Words: National Architecture Awards Jury 2016
Images: Peter Bennetts


Architecture Australia, November 2016

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