2017 Houses Awards: Outdoor

Outdoor Waterloo House by Anthony Gill Architects with Budwise Garden Design 2017 Houses Awards

Jury comment

In this modest but ambitious project, the architect has used a light touch to maintain and enhance a house already well loved by its owners. A series of courtyard gardens is integral to and indivisible from the interior, with each room in the house opening to or overlooking a densely planted external space.

Lightweight pergolas provide shade and privacy from overlooking to the rear courtyard, while the hit-and-miss recycled brick screen wall around the first-floor bathroom courtyard provides privacy, shade, cooling and outlook. The re-use of salvaged bricks from the demolition of the original rear wing, for both paving and new walls, provides a robust and maintenance-free structure intended to be completely absorbed by the lush and dense planting over time.

This project demonstrates minimal intervention for maximum outcome. It is a delightful and sustainable outdoor space achieved with an economy of means, and it provides a perceived distancing from its neighbours that is rare in such a high-density inner-city location.

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Award for Outdoor is supported by Artemide.

Products and materials

Corrugated galvanized roof sheet; custom galvanized rainwater goods
External walls
Recycled bricks from The Brick Pit
Internal walls
Recycled bricks from The Brick Pit finished with Porter’s Original Lime Wash
Custom steel windows in Dulux Ferrodor
Custom solid timber doors; Zodiac unlacquered brass hardware
Recycled timber floorboards with Synteko finish
Reggiani Yori spotlight from Euroluce
Lacanche oven and cooktop; Miele integrated fridge and dishwasher; Franke undermount sinks; Vola tapware in unlacquered brass; terrazzo benchtop
Duravit Happy D basin and toilet; Vola accessories and tapware in unlacquered brass; Brodware showerhead in unlacquered brass; bath from Antique Baths Sydney; Carrara marble vanity
Heating and cooling
Hydronic heating


Anthony Gill Architects
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Project Team
Anthony Gill, Isabell Adam, Luisa Campos
Garden design
Budwise Garden Design
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Engineering SDA Structures
Heritage consultant John Oultram Heritage and Design
Site details
Site type Urban
Site area 125 m2
Building area 150 m2
Project Details
Status Built
Completion date 2016
Design, documentation 12 months
Construction 8 months



Published online: 4 Aug 2017
Images: Peter Bennetts


Houses, August 2017

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