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2018 Houses Awards: House Alteration and Addition under 200 m2

House Alteration and Addition under 200 m2 — joint winner Hole in the Roof House by Rachel Neeson and Stephen Neille 2018 Houses Awards

Jury Comment

Hole in the Roof House is a delightful alteration and addition to a suburban bungalow, located on a noisy road close to Bronte Beach. The originally unremarkable home has been transformed into a “domestic sanctuary” by cutting a hole in the roof to make way for a courtyard with a mature frangipani tree.

The planning of the home revolves around and engages with the carved-out space, located on the naturally quietest part of the street. This courtyard, paired with the indoor living area, is the heart of the dwelling. The courtyard demonstrates the positive attributes of negative space; as well as being a quiet, peaceful focus for the house, it brings light to the centre and enables cross-breezes without loss of privacy – and there is no need to lock up and aircondition the home.

Rich spatial experiences are achieved through a layering of the plan, long and short vistas, changes in scale, landscape and the curation of light.

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

The award for House Alteration and Addition under 200 m2 is supported by Asko.


Rachel Neeson, Stephen Neille

Builder Synergy One Building
Engineer SDA Structures
Landscape Sue Barnsley Design
Photographer Brett Boardman
Site details
Category Residential buildings
Type Alts and adds
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 27 Jul 2018
Images: Brett Boardman


Houses, August 2018

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