Garden House by Tzannes Studio

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Location: Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Year: 2014
Site Area:  831m2
Floor Area:  430 m2


AIA (NSW) Commendation – Residential Architecture – Houses (New) 2015

Architects: Tzannes

Landscape design: William Dangar
Builder: Paul King
Photography: © Michael Nicholson

This new house is on a compact suburban site. In this context, we have designed a sequence of garden spaces interconnected with interiors to enhance the sense of space. The experience of the house and garden is of a seamless connection of high quality indoor/outdoor amenity.

To maximise access to northern light, the home hugs the bent southern boundary and is divided into two distinct wings. The kitchen acts as fulcrum to form the two wings between formal and informal areas each with special outdoor landscaped areas. The interior is enriched by the interplay of spatial and functional characteristics of the entertaining or public space/room, a large double height space with fireplace, dining and seating areas, and the more intimate private rooms for family use including a family room, bedrooms upstairs and a study/nanny’s room or grandmother’s apartment with its own bathroom.

The character of a house in a garden is immediately apparent through its soft presentation to the street with the only built structures being the entry gate and garage. The gardens extend to the footpath edge with the boundary fence absorbed by planting maintaining privacy from the public domain.


© Michael Nicholson
© Michael Nicholson
© Michael Nicholson
© Michael Nicholson
© Michael Nicholson

All images courtesy of Tzannes © Michael Nicholson



Tzannes is an Australian studio for architecture, urban and integrated design based in Sydney.

Alec Tzannes AM Director

Alec is the founding director of Tzannes. He established the firm’s distinctive design philosophy and collaborative work practices with a record of design excellence across a wide range of projects. Alec has also served the community in a number of other roles including as National President of the Australian Institute of Architects (2006-7) and as Professor of Practice and Dean of UNSW Built Environment (2008-15). He retains an ongoing relationship with UNSW as an Emeritus Professor undertaking research and occasional teaching roles, contributing to the firm’s commitment to thought leadership in design and architecture practice.

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Halcyon House by Virginia Kerridge Architect

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Location : Cabarita, New South Wales, Australia

Year: 2014



Architects: Virginia Kerridge Architect

Interiors by Anna Spiro

Photographs: Michael Nicholson and Kara Brown

Halcyon House is a boutique hotel in Cabarita on the north coast of NSW. Cabarita is known for its beautiful beaches and known by surfers for some of the best surf breaks in the area.
The design of the hotel pays homage to the original building that was on the site and makes reference to this era. The hotel looks out over a large green courtyard space and pool across to the ocean. The lower levels engage with the green coastal strip that extends along the edge of the coast. The upper levels enjoy the coastal view. Rooms are generous and each has its own outside private space. Materials chosen reflect the casual beachside feel of the area and reflect the spirit of Cabarita. The hotel is unique in that is has a manager direct from Capri (ex JK Capri hotel in Capri) Mauro de Riso and many of the staff are Italian. Food is by Ben Devlin at “Paper Daisy” the popular in house restaurant.

In 2015 Mr & Mrs Smith voted the Halcyon House the second best boutique hotel in the world.

Virginia Kerridge Architect

Virginia Kerridge Architect

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Virginia Kerridge established her studio in 1995. The practice soon became known for an exquisite catalogue of contemporary housing that crafted thoughtful relationships between interiors and landscapes. Kerridge’s deep interest in art practice has led to an almost painterly approach to material, texture, colour and light. These elements infuse the studio’s projects in both new and existing buildings and across diverse housing and commercial projects.

The Taylor Square Warehouse received an RAIA Merit award and the 1995 President’s Award for Recycled Buildings very early in her career. Since then, Kerridge has received numerous awards from the Australian Institute of Architects and the Master Builder’s Associations. House in Country NSW was named as Australia’s House of the Year in the 2011 Houses Awards. The studio’s work has been widely published locally and internationally.

The practice has not only established itself as one of the significant design practices of contemporary housing in Sydney, for both private and commercial development, but has also enjoyed acclaimed success in retail and hotel architecture.


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