2019 Houses Awards: New House under 200m2

Bay Guarella House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture

Jury Comment

This house, located on a west-facing slope in a eucalyptus forest with filtered views to Guerilla Bay, is a shared retreat between friends. The project is an exemplary response to the landscape and brief, executed with utility, clarity and rigour.

The spatial arrangement is set up by a compact footprint over two floors, rotated to the contours. The rotation opens up the living areas toward the sun and provides three key site connections: an entry court, a balcony at the highest point and a lower court. These set up a diagonal sequence of interior spaces that offer many compelling opportunities to engage with the site, achieved while working to a tight footprint and a disciplined tectonic order. Combined with the operability of the envelope and raw materiality, these design moves encourage visceral, elemental engagement with the place.

This house is a distilled work of architecture that provides an extraordinary place to experience the surrounding landscape.

The Award for New House Under 200m2 is supported by Artedomus.

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


Peter Stutchbury Architecture
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Project Team
Peter Stutchbury, Ava Shirley
Builder Smith and Primmer
Engineer Metzler and Associates
Site details
Site type Rural
Category Residential buildings
Type Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 26 Jul 2019
Words: Houses Awards Jury 2019
Images: Michael Nicholson


Houses, August 2019

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