04Buildings & Places

Cantala Avenue House

ArchitectME
Building typeResidential
Year Built2019
Photographer | Christopher Frederick Jones
Award2020 Gold Coast and Northern Rivers Region House of the Year
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Ad hoc elements added to the existing 1970’s dwelling were removed to reveal the original structure. A new addition is extruded from the existing dwelling form to the east and north, establishing a walled north facing courtyard and reengaging the public components of the dwelling with the street and wider neighbourhood. A new brickwork entry sequence and seating is established under the canopy of an existing poinciana.

The insertions are a gift to the neighbourhood - a miniature public space for the neighbourhood to gather. Small landscaped courtyards permeate the plan to maintain privacy whilst also providing access to natural light and ventilation. A new north facing outdoor room is carved from part of the existing living to improve access to natural light and ventilation enabling everyday living to be exposed to the elements. Materials and detailing is a contemporary manifestation of the existing dwelling and coastal dwellings of the region.

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