2020 Houses Awards: House Alteration and Addition over 200m2

Joint winner: Cantala Avenue House by ME

Jury comment

Once typified by scenes of bronzed bathers enjoying long, hot summers, the Gold Coast has been going through a slow transition from holiday playground to Australia’s sixth-largest city. With the unfortunate demolition of many of its understated 1950s houses, the laid-back and neighbourly feel of the area has shifted. Located within this challenging suburban context, Cantala Avenue House by ME is an alteration and addition that joyously reinterprets the history of its place and beach shack typology.

Rather than erase the character of the neighbourhood, ME has tactfully taken an ordinary 1970s split-level house, reworking and extending the plan to better engage with the street, the garden and the yard. The courtyard and pool are now allowed privacy, while a low brick wall and terrace connect the home’s interior to the activity of the street. A sheltered outdoor room has also been created from a formerly interior space, embracing the subtropical climate.

While details reference the early houses of the area, and work has been completed in line with the Burra Charter, the new addition is regionally influenced and subtly modern. Acknowledging its humble origins while meeting the needs of a young family, the project sits comfortably within the suburban Gold Coast and adds to the sociability of its quiet cul-de-sac.

The Award for House Alteration and Addition over 200m² is supported by Taubmans. See full image galleries of all the winning and shortlisted projects here.

For more coverage, read the project review by Sheona Thompson.


Gold Coast, Qld, Australia
Project Team
Matthew Eagle, Samara Hayes, Shane Collins
Builder Ivey Built
Engineer Rymark Engineers and Westera Partners
Surveyor Alan Sullivan and Associates
Site Details
Location Gold Coast,  Qld,  Australia
Site type Suburban
Project Details
Status Built
Completion date 2019
Category Residential
Type Alts and adds



Published online: 31 Jul 2020
Words: 2020 Houses Awards Jury
Images: Christopher Frederick Jones


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