13th Beach Courtyard House by Auhaus architecture & interior

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Location: Thirteenth Beach, Victoria, Australia

Year: 2015


Awards: Houses Awards 2016 Shortlist

Architects: Auhaus architecture & interior

Builder: Ashley Crowe Builders

Photography: © Derek Swalwell

Photography styling: Nina Provan

This is a new 4 bedroom house on the 13th Beach golf course. The sweeping plan takes in the extremities of the wedge shaped site, folding away from the prevailing winds and enclosing a large, sheltered north facing courtyard and pool. Cutouts through the courtyard boundary wall allow foliage to spill through, giving the sense of an endless landscape beyond. All habitable rooms face into the central courtyard, providing outlook and a strong connectedness throughout the house. The split level plan delineates zones within the house whilst the relative height of the two levels obscures the immediate foreground of road / neighbours and provides a vista across to the treelined horizon beyond.

Auhaus architecture & interior

© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell
© Derek Swalwell


 All images courtesy of Auhaus architecture & interior

Auhaus architecture & interior

Auhaus is an architecture and design studio operating out of Melbourne and Barwon Heads, Australia. The studio was founded by Architects Benjamin Stibbard and Kate Fitzpatrick, both of whom worked in larger residential firms before establishing Auhaus in 2011.

With a different set of priorities in mind that went beyond the ‘bottom line’, Auhaus have made a name for themselves creating bespoke homes along Victoria’s surf coast and in Melbourne’s leafy suburbs. Avoiding the shopping list approach, each design is inspired by site context, landscape and the client’s lifestyle.

Kate and Ben are drawn to the complexities and intricacies inherent in every project and revel in the initial broad brush pen strokes down to the in-house fabrication of  joinery hardware and lighting, ensuring that every project is rigorous, engaging and highly tailored to the end user.

Kate and Ben are both Registered Architects with the ARBV, and Auhaus Architecture is an A+ member of the Australian Institute of Architects.



96 Chestnut St Richmond 3121

Phone 03 9410 4733 or 03 9429 4126

Ben 0411 229 395

Kate 0423 604 184



51A Hitchcock Avenue, Barwon Heads 3227

Ben 0411 229 395

Kate 0423 604 184


 Auhaus architecture & interior



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