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

Five Gardens House by David Boyle Architect.

Jury citation

This delightful and whimsical project effortlessly stitches a new and vibrant addition to a modest 1950s house to take full advantage of its setting on a headland overlooking Sydney’s Middle Harbour. David Boyle Architect’s reinterpretation of the typical postwar house plan, and skilful blending of spaces, has created a contemporary family home rich in possibilities for varied habitation.

The delicately woven collection of spaces has been formed through an expertly handled manipulation of volume. The section creates a complex interplay of light that shifts throughout the day to maintain a warm interior. The architecture frames views into unique landscape settings, including five different gardens, initiating generous connections between inside and out.

Five Gardens House is located in Northbridge, New South Wales, and built on the land of the Cammeraygal people.


David Boyle Architect
Pretty Beach, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Project Team
David Boyle (design architect), Kevin Liu (project architect)
Builder Graybuilt
Engineer SDA Structures
Hydraulic consultant Northern Beaches Consulting Engineers
Landscape consultant Pangkarra Garden Design
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: Brett Boardman


Architecture Australia, November 2019

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