2019 Awards Entries Closed

Elias House


Harmer Architecture


Camson Homes


Monier Roofing

Products Used:

Nullarbor - Slate Grey & Delta Sands

Building Contractor:

Monier Roofing Specialist

Photography Credits:

The Elias House is a small two storey infill dwelling constructed in the backyard of an existing warehouse. The house is situated in a narrow street in North Fitzroy comprising Victorian row houses and detached cottages, modern infill houses, back fences and garages.

The house is an expression of play between the natural elements of terracotta and timber. The two materials interact to form an uneven and textured surface wrapping around the exterior of the house. The use of terracotta roof tiles in the colours of Delta Sands and Slate Grey pick up on the colour tones present in the brickwork.

The combination of brick, terracotta and timber ground the house within the context of the surrounding suburban environment while the vertical proportions align with the adjacent Victorian row houses. The selection of durable natural materials creates a beautiful building envelope that matches the client's brief for a low maintenance dwelling.

Simple, cost effective construction methods were adopted allowing feature materials to be specified within the project budget. Terracotta tiles were selected for the natural beauty and texture and their enduring colour retention that will maintain the aesthetic of the house for years to come.

"This charismatic home beautifully blends terracotta tiles and timber to present a unique facade that is both intriguing and welcoming. The colour variations and vertical tiling are standout elements of the design."
- Jury 2016 -