A unique opportunity to collaborate with another architect on the design & build of their new home in a stunning location on one of the best streets in Margaret River. North facing, looking down the valley you are naturally protected from the cold weather and open to winter warmth… And of course the magnificent view.

Before the design could evolve there needed to be consideration for an existing, unique ‘temple’ that had been imported from Nepal and meticulously re-built: slate roof, granite footings, timber cladding…..this temple was earthquake proof but quirky and so the challenge was how it could be integrated into the design of the new house.

A clever solution of leaving the temple un-touched but wrapping the roof from a new dwelling up and over the temple, a simple link uniting the two buildings. So the concept of the saw tooth roof evolved to unite the old with the new. 

With expansive, north facing glass the entire landscape is drawn into the house, connecting the occupants to the valley beyond. Light dances across the multi-faceted ceiling, ever changing through the seasons. An expansive outdoor area separates the two buildings creating a sheltered, shaded space to entertain.

Conceptually this house makes a bold statement but at a modest 132m2 it is not grand in scale and feels comfortable and homely with attention to scale and proportion integral to the success of the design. 


  • Material: Timber frame
  • Project size (sq.m.): 132
  • Price range (AU$): 500K
  • Location: Cowaramup
  • Year: 2020