Humble House


Humble House is a response to our client’s need for a humble and joyful house. As downsizers, our clients wanted a simple house that is user-friendly and low-maintenance, while at the same time smart and elegant, which can house the two of them and also open out to entertain guests and family. 

The house is predominantly single storey and positioned on the highest part of a steeply sloping site. Located in close proximity to Wilson Botanical Gardens, the site offers the unique advantage of views towards the town as well as the tall stands of trees in the botanical gardens.



Completed 2021


Berwick, VIC


Architecture & Interior Design


Dylan James







Casey Design Excellence Awards

Better Future


Residential Development

Architecture – Residential – Constructed


The design of this house combines 3 pods – living and bedroom pods and stitches them together through outdoor and semi-outdoor spaces. The entry gallery is stone-paved with a series of roof windows that create a semi-open feel in the hallway. Flanking the gallery are bed spaces that open onto a perforated metal bridge with a deck and elevated garden on either side before linking on to the living area. The living area has a covered terrace that runs parallel to it. Stackable glass doors and folding servery windows allow the indoor-outdoor space to expand and contract as per the needs of its occupants. 

This segregation of the spaces and courtyards enhance daylighting and cross-flow ventilation in the house. Concrete slabs, double glazing, high ceilings, careful window positioning, internal gardens, solar power and rainwater reuse make this house thermally efficient and ecologically sustainable.  

The exterior & interior material palettes are also derived from the need for simplicity and durability. The house is built in concrete, timber and slate with stone and metal accents – simultaneously providing a rustic and humble yet sharp and sophisticated look and feel to the interiors.   

The landscape for the house uses permeable paving, stone pathways as well as a selection of drought-resistant plants for a roof garden and in-ground planting. 

Humble House is a humble abode in which to cherish life’s treasures.

Humble House has won Silver at the 2022 Melbourne Design Awards.

This is the second home R ARCHITECTURE has delivered for this client, each tailored to their changing needs.

The first, Hinkler House, was an expansive family home, with space for adult children and visiting family. Humble House is smaller and tailored to an abundant downsizer lifestyle.

We gratefully accept this acknowledgement of our approach, which prioritises humility in practice, sensitive to the unique requirements of a home. Read more about the awards here.

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