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The Phoenix House
by Harley Graham Architects

Photo by Photographer - Andy MacPherson

Harley Graham Architects has designed The Phoenix House in Byron Bay, Australia.

This project became a metaphor for the architect's own personal rebuild. Harley Graham Architects decided to treat the old house as a "remix album" in which to strip it back to the bones and reassemble it in a new way.

"The house is conceived as a benchmark in sustainability and re-use," said Harley Graham Architects. "The concept of recycling a house has always fascinated me. Re-using all the incredible hardwood and joinery from the early 1900s was the start."

The Phoenix House is situated in a heritage precinct, in the old part of Byron with sports fields across the road to the north, and beyond this, the bay. The veranda acts as a "stage to the park", an interface between the park and the dwelling, creating a strong connection to the community.


This project has been longlisted in the sustainable building category of Dezeen Awards 2022.

Architect: Harley Graham Architects

Project: The Phoenix House

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