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

Jury citation

North Melbourne House is a project that speaks to the future and, more specifically, to the important issue of ageing in place. Its social program drives a spatial inventiveness that is truly adaptable, allowing for multiple unprescribed modes of occupation. The architecture invites nesting, its considered detailing relying on neither material richness nor asceticism, but rather a sophisticated accumulation of the prosaic. Representing a clever assembly on the site and within its urban context, this house is modest and fundamentally sustainable.

North Melbourne House is located in North Melbourne, Victoria and is built on the land of the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation

North Melbourne House will be reviewed by Andy Fergus in Houses 131, on sale on 1 December.


NMBW Architecture Studio
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Marika Neustupny, Nigel Bertram, Lucinda McLean (design architects), Byron Meyer (graduate of architecture)
Builder CB Maintenance
Building surveyor PLP Building Surveyors and Consultants
Structural and civil engineer Perrett Simpson Stantin
Site Details
Location Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Project Details
Status Built
Category Residential
Type New houses



Published online: 7 Nov 2019
Words: 2019 National Awards Jury
Images: Peter Bennetts


Architecture Australia, November 2019

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