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Z House

Z House by Donovan Hill won a National Award for Residential Architecture – Houses at the AIA's 2010 National Architecture Awards.

Responding to its steep hillside site, the Z House provides intrigue with a rich variety of spaces formed around a central, thickly vegetated, sloping central courtyard garden. This courtyard is the core of the house, relating building to landscape, a garden not just to look at but to be with.

The mood changes from the lofty lounge room, with subtle natural light from above and low-level courtyard windows, to the floating study loft opening to the sky and the outdoor terrace bridging over the courtyard vegetation.

Cabinetwork, stairs, windows and doors are all immaculately detailed and crafted to appear as refined works of art.

The notion of architecture as art continues externally. A small window projects to the street, displaying a fragment of the art within, while coloured tiles pattern the street facade and timber trellises encourage vigorous flowering vines.

The view from the street above is carefully considered, with abstract pebbled roofs framed by a large portal frame.

When an appreciative client proudly points out details of the house with the continual introduction “the genius of this design”, you know this is unique architecture finely crafted for client and site.

– Jury citation


Donovan Hill
Project Team
Brian Donovan, Timothy Hill, Michael Hogg, James Davidson, Jodie Cummins, Robert Myszkowski, Martin Arroyo, Anna O’Gorman, Peter Harding, Sandy Cavill, Briohny McKauge, Paul Jones
Builder James Trowse Constructions
Hydraulic consultant Steve Paul and Partners Brisbane
Landscape consultant Donovan Hill, Steven Clegg Design
Structural consultant TFA Project Group
Site details
Location Teneriffe,  Brisbane,  Qld,  Australia
Site type Suburban
Category Residential buildings
Type Residential
Project Details
Status Built
Website http://www.donovanhill.com.au/images/residential/pdf/Z%20House%20Profile.pdf


Awarded Project

Published online: 30 Jun 2011
Words: National Architecture Awards Jury 2010
Images: Sam Thies


Architecture Australia, November 2010

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