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

Jury citation

Empire is a deftly executed project that balances fine craft and detail with an intelligent response to the larger issues of suburban living. Initial design decisions and confident planning approaches have energized the existing postwar home by creating clear sight lines through a logical and curated sequence of interconnected spaces. Via the considered placement of two modestly sized pavilions, the relationship of the house to its site has been liberated and refigured, framing views and extending the experience of the interior into the garden. Empire creates a conversation between old and new that can be appreciated at every level.

Empire is located in Forrest, Australian Capital Territory and is built on the land of the Ngunnawal people.

For more coverage, see Eugenie Keefer Bell’s review in Houses 131, on sale 2 December.


Austin Maynard Architects
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Andrew Maynard, Mark Austin (design architects), Ray Dinh (project architect)
Builder Preferred Builders
Engineer Ken Murtagh
Landscape architect Bush Projects
Site details
Category Residential
Type Alts and adds, New house, Residential
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 7 Nov 2019
Words: 2019 National Awards Jury
Images: Derek Swalwell


Architecture Australia, November 2019

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