Snorkel House

Here are a couple of streetscape photos of our recently completed Snorkel House on a sunny Canberran spring morning! There will be more photos to come later in the year of this neat little alterations and additions project for a young family in the inner north.

Narrabundah House nears completion

Endeavour Joinery have been busy fitting off their cabinetry, including the beautiful entry screen at our Narrabundah House project. Our builders Sutton and Horsley are putting in the final touches including the paved entry and patios, and we have an excited client looking forward to the prospect of moving into their new home!

This project is punctuated with a refined palette of durable, long-lasting materials, which was integral to our clients brief. Concrete block work features strongly inside and out, offset with charcoal metal cladding externally and plywood joinery elements inside. The variegated pavers which articulate the key entries to the home pull the together the material palette, integrating the Canberra Red bricks to the original home at the front of the block with our modern extension at the rear.

Not long now to go now until practical completion… here are a few snapshots to enjoy in the meantime!

Award Winning Chowne Street House at 2018 AIA (ACT) Awards

The Chowne Street House by Philip Leeson Architects was the fortunate recipient of The Gene Willsford Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions) on Saturday evening at the 2018 ACT Australian Institute of Architecture awards. The project was also generously awarded The Pamille Berg Award for Art in Architecture, for the artwork by artist Ham Darroch on the rear block work wall. The artwork captures the spirit of the era in which the original house had been constructed, as well as reflecting the contemporary layer of work by Philip Leeson Architects.

PLA are very proud of these awards, and the whole team turned out to enjoy the evenings festivities at the National Art Gallery. Philip, being the ACT AIA Chapter President this year, also featured highly in the evening and his impromptu, lighthearted repartee seemed to be very well received by the crowd!

Have a look at the Chowne Street House project page for more information and photos.

AILA ACT Award for Weston Park Picnic Shelter

The Weston Park Picnic Shelter, which PLA designed in collaboration with Red Box Design Group, was the recipient of the Small Projects Award at the 2018 Australian Institute of Landscape Architect (ACT Chapter) awards last night.

The project involved a rethinking of the access in and around the Weston Park precinct as well as a new picnic shelter with 360 degree views to the water play area, lake, toilets and expansive lawns.

Almost there…!

We’re at that moment in a construction project when all the pieces fall into place!

Practical completion is so close, we think our client is counting the minutes until practical completion…and Schouten Constructions are busy adding the finishing touches on this little gem in Campbell.

Timber battened screens and entry door handles, hit-and-miss-blockwork, exposed river gravel aggregate to the driveway and carport, low angle rooves behind an expressed fascia, and hints of orange inside out create a wonderful, timeless feel.

Construction Progress in Campbell

Schouten Constructions are nearing completion on this alterations and additions project in Campbell. Our clients came to us with a great brief for an extension in front of their existing red brick home. The extension creates privacy from the street by drawing the entry to their home up towards the front boundary (previously the entry was in the middle of the site!), and becomes a haven for their family within with extensive northern light. Adjacent mature eucalypts flank the site and a playful gesture in the form of a ‘snorkel’ raises its head for tree top views.

More photos to come as this playful addition receives the finishing touches!

New Website Launched!

We are really pleased with the new website created specifically for our firm, by Ben Butler ( We now have a range of information on the services that our firm can offer you, as well as detailed staff bios, awards, and an extensive portfolio of our completed projects throughout the ACT and NSW. We have an extensive team of in-house architects, interior designers, cultural heritage and heritage consultants with diverse backgrounds and experience.

Please get in contact if you think we could assist you on your upcoming project!