2019 National Architecture Awards: National Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New)

Cloister House by MORQ.

Jury citation

The experience of this house lingers in the mind. Situated on a bustling and unremarkable arterial road in suburban Perth, the strength of its exterior belies a quality of neighbourliness. There are no fences, and the pervious paving and garden are shared with the street.

Entry is through a deep threshold created by the mass of a recycled rammed-concrete wall. An eidetic move of enclosure and void establishes the primary parti of the plan. The house is zoned to enable compact living but readily expands to accommodate guests and family, with subtle differentiation provided by deep concrete ceiling beams that partition the main volume.

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Externally, a series of deep rammed-concrete surfaces softly redirects natural light into the depth of the plan, reducing glare and focusing the interior towards the verdant courtyard, which is dominated by an enormous Colocasia.

The quality of the house stems from the deliberate and accomplished pursuit of a subtle monolithic materiality. Atmospherically, it recalls the traditional Moroccan riad and is similarly attuned to its locality, where the sun can be harsh. The resolution and economy of detail and unadorned surface is rigorous and poetic, creating a completely immersive architecture.

Cloister House is located in Floreat, Western Australia and is built on the land of the Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation.

For more coverage, see Patrick Kosky’s review from Houses 126.


Perth, WA, Australia
Project Team
Matteo Monteduro, Emiliano Roia, Andrea Quagliola, Mark Jecks, Elliot Lind
Builder Subiaco Homes
Building surveyor Building Lines
Cabinetry and joinery Joondalup Cabinets
Engineer Hera Engineering
Landscape consultant Garden Deva
Landscaping Alessio’s Gardens
Lighting consultant Modular Lighting and Partners
Rammed earth contractor Perth Stabilised Earth
Timber carpentry Ecoast Construction
Site details
Location Floreat,  WA,  Australia
Category Residential buildings
Type Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 7 Nov 2019
Words: 2019 National Awards Jury
Images: Givlio Aristide


Architecture Australia, November 2019

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