McGlade House


This project is located in the well-established suburban area of Campbell in the ACT and characterised by large blocks offering the potential of vistas over both the city and the mountains.

The existing dwelling has had iterative renovation and development work carried out over its lifetime; some substantial. The endeavour in this particular exercise was to retain much of the flavour of the original which is characteristic of the architectural language of Richard Neutra and the early Californian modernists. This style involves a layering of horizontal elements, good inside and outside relationships, understated colour schemes and large areas of glass.

McGlade House - evening light

 These underlying themes have been accepted and developed. They have however been adapted in such a manner to respond to key sustainability principles such as the respect for a long east-west axis for good solar gain and liveability issues that relate to a modern family.

The resultant home represents a subtly nuanced response to the existing architecture and site conditions. It is also a demonstration of an innovatively creative response to construction in the face of significant complexity.

Buckley House


This project involved almost entirely rebuilding an existing tired and poorly constructed dwelling sitting on one of the most spectacular sites on the south coast of New South Wales. Located at Billabong Place for clients are Ken and Irene Buckley this house is a bold architectural statement.

The gently curved steel roof elements of the new structure are appropriate for the beach side setting. The tower element at the front provides a dramatic statement of entry and a significant vertical counterpoint to horizontal lines of the rest of the dwelling.

Buckley Coast House - two curved roof pavilions

The main living areas are located at the upper level of the building as is the large and open master bedroom suite. The expansive commercial style glazing stretching the full length of the house affords excellent opportunities to watch the continually changing weather patterns. The comings and goings of whales and dolphins which are frequent visitors in this part of the world provide great natural theatre.

Rafferty House


The main thrust of the design of this remodelling project was to take a tired existing dwelling located in an old Canberra suburb, wave a magic wand, and create ‘Architecture’ whilst correspondingly responding to a fairly detailed brief. 

Rafferty House - old Canberra cottage remodelled completely with additional upper level

The following is an extract from the client’s own brief and it highlights some of the key ideas sought by them from the outset;

  • We really like simple clean modernist designs with plenty of light and good connections between interior spaces and gardens.
  • We like the minimalism of your Hodak/Young house (we also prefer planar forms over curvilinear ones).
  • We enjoy tasteful use of natural materials (e.g. timber, sandstone) and do not like cold, austere, and industrial minimalism.
  • We like frameless corner windows and those that extend to the roof
  • Finally, we love beautiful designs and enjoy them even more when they are functional and highly efficient in energy and material use.

The design reconfigures the existing roof entirely to achieve the modernist ‘planar’ looked sought by the client.  The addition of a bedroom suite at the upper level gives the form a massing and vertical emphasis which departs radically from the low scale horizontal emphasis of the original.

Wylly Pl House


Wylly Place House - new kitchen in renovated area - the income flooring.

Creating a home just right for us

This was a relatively small-scale project to renovate and reduce our humble ex-govie home in Hughes. 

The object of the exercise was to refresh and renew; to increase sustainability credentials, overall aesthetic appeal and  relationship to our garden. The backyard had previously been dominated by an ugly and temporary (for 25 years!) garage and carport structure which were demolished. A new sculpturally-interesting carport was designed for the front of the house freeing up space to permit the new key landscape design at the back to evolve.

Hawker Extension & Alteration


Hawker House (extension and renovation) - new two storey midcentury modern extension to Canberra house

House extension of the classic 70s house designed to fit into constraints of existing regulated tree canopy.

This project is in the well-established suburban area of Hawker, Canberra which is characterised by large blocks and inviting vistas to the Brindabella Mountains.

The existing dwelling was a ‘close to the original’ 1970 house and evocative of its era. The original client brief for the house was to consider a new dwelling but from the architects perspective there seemed some value in attempting to retain the existing in part. TT Architecture edged towards an extension and alteration that responded to the existing conditions.

Phillips House


This new living dining extension is floated off from the existing house as a pavilion. Strong glazed gable ends provide good solar access, drama and views of the vineyards that surround the property.

The clients have been enthusiastic owner builders on a project that has come beautifully together over a few years.

Murrumbateman extension - outdoor entertaining area between pavilions

The dramatic clean spaces internally are complimented by a modern interpretation of a traditional rural farmhouse externally.
In addition to the large and delicate areas of glass softening the gables the building is given warmth by the use of radially sawn timber cladding.

Hackett Extension


The original building owes a lot to the architectural legacy left by Californian Architect, Richard Neutra who was famous for the attention he gave to defining the real needs of his clients, regardless of the size of the project, in contrast to other architects eager to impose their artistic vision on a client. His domestic architecture was a blend of art, landscape, and practical comfort.

The client was very keen that a significant aspect of the design philosophy should respect the character of the original modernist building. 

Hackett Mid-century Modern House - double height glazing to void space

This is characterized by materials at 90 degrees to each other, visual expression of the concept of “Truth to materials“, meaning that the true nature or natural appearance of a material ought to be seen rather than concealed or altered to represent something else and with a visual emphasis on horizontal and vertical lines.

The design of this major extension/alteration attempts to balance these ideas and making the outcome a family friendly house with good relationships to external spaces whilst maximizing solar orientation.

Cole House


The innovation and excellence in the design relates to the introduction of a completely new aesthetic to the building which has turned a tired old Canberra house into a sparkling new addition to an already interesting Deakin streetscape. This total remodelling has produced a good functional family home almost indistinguishable from a complete knockdown and rebuild. The innovation in construction relates to the large part of interesting and “edgy” materials that have been put together in a well thought out manner. 

Deakin House - new entry with skillion roof over and timber bay window

A significant design determinant was to attempt to design the building to maximise the solar access to the newly created living spaces for the client yet respect the solar access for the neighbour to the South. To a large extent the design is informed by the physical configuration of the roof which generates the dominant architectural expression from the Street. The large skillion roof running right through has the double benefit of dropping northern light into the main living areas whilst retaining an excellent northern aspect for the southern neighbour.

Lawe Davie Extension


Lawe Lavies extension -view from living area looking north to hardwood deckupper level extension with bay window and good inside outside relationship

A home for a family who wished to transform a fairly standard new suburban box into a sustainable, light filled family home.

The transformation of the house has been used as a reference point by the local residents group as an exemplar of a project where the built form and the mixed palette of materials is appropriate for its suburban context and is good sustainable practice.