This architecturally significant Modernist house, originally designed by Kevin Knight in 1953, was undergoing a renovation and extension by OMG Architects. Paying homage to the period and to the contemporaneous American architect Horace Gifford, we envisaged a garden of timber and natural stone paving, layering and extending elements from the interior into the landscape.


The pool provides outlook from a generous living space and adjacent, a permeably paved courtyard allows shelter under a canopy tree. At the boundary, a series of different profile timber screen interventions provide an appealing frontage to the street, with crazy paved entry path flowing into the house foyer, and garden meandering around the front of the house and existing trees. A compact, stepped interior courtyard provides outlook upon entry and from living spaces, study, bathroom and ensuite.

Construction by Form Landscaping
Renovation by OMG Architects after Kevin Knight
Photography by Adam Gibson and Fooi-Ling Khoo