2020 Houses Awards: New House Under 200m2

Fitzroy North House 02 by Rob Kennon Architects

Jury comment

Walking past this home, in a street full of heritage terrace houses in Fitzroy North, Melbourne, you may not immediately realize the building is new. From the street, the crisp facade of what at first appears to be a historic worker’s cottage hints at the highly resolved architecture beyond the front door. This “door” however, is in fact a battened gate that deftly mediates between the public and private realms.

Behind the unusual entry, the main two- storey volume of the house sits between a verdant front courtyard and a rear outdoor living space. Crafted from concrete, glass and steel, this modernist structure is bathed in sunlight from two courtyards with orientation to the east and west, and a quasi terrarium to the north. This clever siting, responding to the perils of the typical long, linear site with built-up boundaries, is sensitive to the street and the rear laneway.

With refined and contemporary detailing throughout, this is a skilful response to context that provides freedom within a relatively constrained site. It enables daily life and play in a village of sorts, highly connected to the outdoors.

The Award for New House under 200m² is supported by Artedomus. See full image galleries of all the winning and shortlisted projects here.


Rob Kennon Architects
Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Rob Kennon, Jack Leishman
Builder Ben Thomas Builder
Engineer Meyer Consulting
Landscape design Eckersley Garden Architecture
Site Details
Location Fitzroy North,  Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Site type Suburban
Project Details
Status Built
Completion date 2019
Category Residential
Type New houses



Published online: 31 Jul 2020
Words: 2020 Houses Awards Jury
Images: Derek Swalwell


Houses, August 2020

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