2019 Houses Awards: House Alteration and Addition over 200m2 – joint winner

Brisbane Riverbank House by Owen Architecture

Jury comment

Set atop a gentle knoll on the edge of a riverbank, Brisbane Riverbank House is an addition to an existing home for a car collector who asked for a dwelling that would enable a simple way of living, with spaces for family and friends to enjoy together.

The house features two large courtyards that are finely calibrated in response to the site and the levels that organize the plan. The riverside courtyard is a level lawn courtyard with social spaces around it, all of which overlook the river. Diverse living spaces, indoor and outdoor, offer different functions and experiences. The street-side courtyard is a large entry court that is precisely depressed and outlined. It deftly accommodates vehicular movements and storage while offering a quiet integrated setting for the existing house.

The design accommodates a significant amount of addition with ease, grace and human scale. It is a masterful balance between traditional elements of the existing 1930s home and a contemporary living landscape that greatly expands life’s possibilities on this suburban site.

The Award for House Alteration and Addition over 200m2 is supported by Haymes Paint.

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


Owen Architecture
Project Team
Paul Owen, Christopher Skinner
Builder Upside Construction
Engineer Westera Partners
Landscaping Dan Young Landscape Architect
Site details
Site type Suburban
Category Residential buildings
Type Alts and adds, Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 26 Jul 2019
Words: Houses Awards Jury 2019
Images: Simon Devitt


Houses, August 2019

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