SR House

A warm, innovative and detail-oriented home was the result of a beautiful relationship between architect and client.

Project Details

Location: Deakin, Canberra, ACT

Completion: 2018

Shaped by its 700sqm site, the client’s desire to retain garden space, and for their four-bedroom home to have the privacy and elevation they enjoyed in their apartment-living days, SR House is a compact building of deftly-articulated geometries.

With form-poured concrete and dark-zinc cladding on the street face, and thermal attributes in the north-oriented, wide and open rear living, there are few applied finishes. Rather, honest materiality enables the house to age graciously. 

SR House also displays the immaculate detailing and workmanship of a design that resulted from constant and responsive interaction between the clients and Collins Pennington. A layout that puts a guest bedroom on the lower level, and the family bedrooms upstairs – with the master suite cantilevering over the rear ground floor – SR House has chic, clean-lined interiors. 

For all of its solidity, however, this handsome home, completed for a budget that might surprise, has astonishing degrees of natural light. Its energy-efficient features are another revelation. The concrete wall beside the stairwell’s Blackbutt tread has embedded hydronic heating. Beneath engineered oak flooring is slab heating. And with high-level insulation and reverse brick veneer walls, that gather in the sun’s warmth during the day and release it at night, this house perennially performs for comfort.