Small Project Architecture

National Award for Small Project Architecture

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Strangio House by Maria Gigney Architects

When a simple project can be seriously considered in a wide range of categories including Small Projects, Residential, Heritage, Interiors and Sustainability, you know you have an architectural gem.

The creative and sensitive conversion of a 170-year-old stone barn into a compact but exciting contemporary residence is a superb example of how to reuse old building stock.

The texture and warmth of the existing fabric of stone and timber have been retained and restored, while new insertions for modern living are clearly defined and well crafted. Technical problems such as retaining the battened ceiling but adding necessary insulation are handled with skill, in this case by the insertion of an internal steel frame to support a new thin insulated roof.

Material and objects from the old building have been recycled and skilfully integrated.

The richness of the past combines easily with modern fittings to form a compact two-level home.

The addition of a front porch with glazed roof adds light and warmth to the interior but is clearly separate from the original structure so as not to challenge the strong external form of the barn.

Sustainable credentials are reinforced not only by the economical reuse of the historic fabric, but also by the clever planning that shows how a rich, practical home can occupy a small volume.

For such a small project, the Strangio House demonstrates on many levels a positive future for creative reuse.

For full coverage see Houses 76.

Images: Matthew Newton


Maria Gigney Architects
Hobart, Tas, Australia
Project Team
Maria Gigney, Stephanie Kuan, George Morozoff,
Builder Merlin Constructions
Civil consultant Aldanmark Consulting Engineers
Heritage Hobart City Council
Landscape Casa Monde Lighting Specialists, Germination, Phillip Long
Structural Mark Gardner
Structural consultant Aldanmark Consulting Engineers
Site Details
Location West Hobart,  Tas,  Australia
Site type Suburban
Category Residential
Type New houses
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 1 Nov 2010


Architecture Australia, November 2010

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