House in Hamilton


Collaboration tends to challenge ideas, structures and ultimately opens new dialogue.

Phorm architecture + design and Tato Architects / Yo Shimada have worked in concert to manifest a small, honest but critical project for our astute, ma seeking Client. Brisbane is a young city. It is a suburban place, dominated by its topography and reliant on our distinct timber vernacular houses to frame its identity – cultural touchstones. It is our contention that in terms of type, tectonic and relationship to terrain, ‘House in Hamilton’ belongs decidedly to the architectural genus ‘Queenslander’. Whilst the exterior expounds a classic ‘tripartite’ layer cake construction; stumps, primary rooms (body) and pitched roof. The interiors demonstrate the sublime and complex geometric precision of the formal plan. These volumes are counterpointed with the celebration of discreet everyday living objects in a suspended composition. It is through the finer scaled objects and their engagement with the spatial framework and occupants which we hope brings a particular humanity to the space and home. It is hoped this particular piece of architecture for a very specific individual that might re-open a general discourse on the capacity and relevance of 'Queenslander' as a contemporary architectural type and model.


In association with Tato Architects / Yo Shimada.


National Commendation, RAIA National Architecture Awards, 2016

State Award, RAIA Queensland Architecture Awards, 2016

House of the Year, Brisbane Region, RAIA Queensland Architecture Awards, 2016

Regional Commendation, Brisbane Region, RAIA Queensland Architecture Awards, 2016

Shortlist, New House Under 200m², Houses Awards, 2016


Photography: Christopher Frederick Jones