Margaret River has a distinct landscape and strong sense of place, making the region an ideal platform for working with considered, sustainable architecture. 

Tucked away on a 2000m2 block within walking distance to town and surrounded by character housing, the place already had charm, a blank canvas to design a 70m2 studio.

The studio was strategically pulled back tight to the rear boundary to make space for a future house. Involving the client in the design process, we discussed the benefits of following the angular side boundary lines with angular walls, to ensure that in the future the two buildings would connect, and facilitate a more social, healthy and invigorated everyday living. So the form of the studio very much followed this function.

The studio is facing north as well as opening itself up to the morning eastern sun for a lovely transition of light through winter. In summer, a walkaround verandah provides shading, extending the functionality of the studio, including an outside laundry accessible from the southern verandah. Our design for the internal layout integrated structures with flexible elements, such as with the wrap around windows, 1200 off the ground, allowing furniture to be placed against the walls and overall arrangements to easily adapt.

The choice of materials in our design is always carefully selected contributing to the functionality and comfort of the building. The burnished concrete floors of the studio, with 2% black oxide, was particularly effective when juxtaposed with the white walls and ply detailing. Customorb cladding in Matt Monument combined with pre-primed painted posts and beams, allowing the built form to blend away into the backdrop of existing trees, unobtrusive in the landscape.


  • Material: Timber frame
  • Project size (sq.m.): 70
  • Price range (AU$): 200K
  • Location: Margaret River
  • Year: 2019