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Phoenix House
by Harley Graham Architects

Photo by Photographer - Andy MacPherson

Harley Graham Architects (HGA) has designed Phoenix House in Byron Bay, Australia.

This project was an exploration of restraint. This 140 square metres three-bedroom house and studio in Byron Bay is a fundamental model to help deal with the current housing crisis Australia is facing today.

"In the last two years, we have faced unexpected challenges such as the global pandemic which has led to supply chain problems, shortages and unexpected delays caused by pandemic-related disruptions, which has accelerated increased construction prices," said Harley Graham Architects.

Phoenix House became a metaphor for the architect's own personal rebuild. HGA decided to treat the old house as a "remix album" – to strip it back to the bones and reassemble it in a new way. A "sustainable jigsaw puzzle" of sorts.

The house is situated in a heritage precinct, in the old part of Byron Bay. With sports fields across the road to the north, and just beyond, the bay, the veranda acts as a "stage to the park" – an interface between the park and the dwelling, creating a stronger connection to the community.


This project has been longlisted in the residential rebirth project category of Dezeen Awards 2022.

Designer: Harley Graham Architects

Project: Phoenix House

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