2019 National Architecture Awards: National Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)

Caroline House by Kennedy Nolan.

Jury citation

Full of eccentricities, Caroline House is a careful proposition designed to meet the specific needs of the client’s young family. Courtyards introduce sunlight into the new areas of the house and act as distinct outdoor rooms, setting a pattern of unfolding light that is extended in the palette and interior finishes. Exterior surfaces are continued internally to articulate the open structure of the room-making; this is particularly evident in the continuation of terrazzo floors from poolside to circulation, kitchen and living areas.

The deep green, circular pool forms a hinge in the plan, activating the dappled quality of the light that is reflected back into the new living and sleeping spaces. Externally, formal references tie into the original Edwardian fabric of the house without being sentimental or referential.

This project, somehow both familiar and remarkably new, has a unique appeal. The playful planning belies Kennedy Nolan’s rigorous intention. Spatial motifs are employed to evoke a sense of togetherness and the thoughtful design gathers the young family into a soft, seasonal light.

Caroline House is located in Clifton Hill, Victoria and built on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation.


Kennedy Nolan Architects
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Patrick Kennedy, Rachel Nolan (design architects), Adriana Hanna (project architect), Dominic Wells (graduate of architecture), Thurston Empson (student)
Builder Overend Constructions
Building surveyor Webb Consult
Landscape consultant Amanda Oliver Gardens
Site details
Category Residential buildings
Type Alts and adds, Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 7 Nov 2019
Words: 2019 National Awards Jury


Architecture Australia, November 2019

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