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Resting on a hilltop in the hinterland of Byron Bay, Australia, this unique double pavilion was inspired by memories of midcentury modern architecture. The client’s grandfather commissioned Robin Boyd to produce the ‘Fenner House’, a now iconic modernist Australian home.
The owners dreamt of recreating childhood memories of the Fenner House with their own family on one of Australia’s most breathtaking landscapes. DUO Architects in association with Davis Architects worked jointly on this project.
Two pavilions lie long and low in contrast to the rolling hills on which they are perched. Modernist
horizontal lines are accentuated by the floating roof, mirror image slab and endless vertical timber
The fabric is a nod to the refined colour palette of mid century modernist architecture, warm timbers and
brushed brass offset pure whites and textured furnishings.
The home spans elusively over three levels, giving the notion of unanticipated expansiveness, while communal and private zones are carefully distinguished, allowing for separation of activity.
The generous roof overhanging the south-west facing deck sheilds the main living spaces from the
summer sun. On the north-eastern side, the winter morning sun enters deep into the plan, warming
the kitchen, dining and living areas. Sliding doors and windows throughout the building provide
Photos by Annie Buck