HIH House of the Year 2019

"Otherworldly concept house..." -GQ Australia

"An extraordinary home for its human inhabitants" -Opumo Magazine (UK)

Atelier Andy Carson was engaged to design a new family home. The house needed to respond to the dramatic 150-acre site, where a ridge connects the Illawarra escarpment to the sea. The challenge was how to deal with the overwhelming 270’degree views and a very exposed windy position. In response we created extruded volumes that wrap around a protected courtyard, fingers at each end cantilever toward specific framed ocean and rural views, incorporating a dramatic storm viewing deck for those epic southern storms.

Our design has given the Werri headland and several acres of the site’s eastern boundary back to the community. The public can now access the headland, foreshore and final connection of the Gerringong to Kiama Coast Walk.

“We built this to last many, many generations, It gives a clear image of how things can be, it has a nobility to it. People still find meaning in simplicity.” -Jeff Simpson, Client  

Project Type: Single residential

Size: 400sqm

Site: 602,600sqm

Project Team: Andy Carson, Tom Potter, Catherine Bailey-Smith, Alvin Tsang

Head Contractor: Bellevarde Constructions

Structural Engineer: Ken Murtagh 

Landscape Architects: Peter Glass & Associates

Surveyor: Allen, Price & Scarratts

Photography: Michael Nicholson, Tom Blachford, Kate Ballis 

"The robust dwelling actively explores the relationship between structure and scenery" 



2019 Australian Home of the year

2019 Custom built home 

2018 Master builders Award for Housing (Bellevarde Constructions)

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