SIPS Residence

A simple but honest extension connects a highset house to the garden.

To reduce construction time and allow an economy of site labour, the construction utilised a modular structural insulated panel system (SIPS) for the walls and roof that can be erected in a fraction of the time of a traditional build. By celebrating the inherent material of the OSB panel as an internal finish and designing clear and robust volumes, a warm and light space is created with no finishing trades such as plastering and painting.

The modest new extension connects the existing house and the garden with a double height space, providing views from the upper level to both the vegetation beyond and the family space below. The simple form with its steep raking roof allows a bedroom to be nestled at the top.

Materials are honest, raw and expressive of their purpose, acting as a simple shell for the owners to appropriate with their belongings.

Natural Lifestyle Homes
Project Team:
Kieron Gait, Leah Gallagher
Christopher Frederick Jones
2017 AIA | Queensland Architecture Awards | Small Project Architecture | Brisbane Regional Commendation
2017 AIA | Queensland Architecture Awards | Small Project Architecture | Queensland State Commendation
2016 Houses Awards | Sustainability | Shortlist
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