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

Teneriffe House by Vokes and Peters.

Jury citation

With the original house – a 1909 Queenslander – almost lost to years of insensitive adaptation, this project tells a story of repair. Vokes and Peters emptied the plan by removing all interventions and recalibrating the structure into a variety of spaces that both honour the home’s heritage and meet the practicalities of modern life. A concrete plinth and cloister ground the new communal family spaces and link the original interior with the garden, reclaiming the ground and the sky. A work of rich composition, Teneriffe House bespeaks a mature narrative of domesticity and city-making.

Teneriffe House is located in Teneriffe, Queensland, and built on the land of the Yugara and Turrbal people.

For more coverage, read Katelin Butler’s review from Houses 128.


Vokes and Peters
Project Team
Stuart Vokes, Aaron Peters (design architects), Emma Denman, Christopher Skinner (graduates of architecture)
Building surveyor Building Certification Consultants
Engineer Greg Killen
Hydraulic consultant Greg Hamilton
Land surveyor Landmark Surveys
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
Images: Christopher Frederick Jones


Architecture Australia, November 2019

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