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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