Armidale House

Armidale, NSW

Land of the Anaiwan and Kamilaroi of the Nganyaywana Nation


Chris Mammen


Felix Forest


• 2023 NSW Architecture Awards, Shortlist, Residential Architecture (New)
• 2023 Habitus House of the Year Selection
• 2024 NSW Country Division Awards, Commendation, Residential Architecture (New)

Located in Armidale, this residence has farmhouse simplicity. The design includes two opposing structures with a connecting glass corridor. The buildings are centred around a private internal courtyard that brings light into all areas of the house. On a difficult site with a sloping natural gradient, the house has a distinct sense of privacy and calm.

The interiors and the garden interact with framed views through steel windows and doors. In a town with great fluctuations in temperature, thick deciduous landscaping creates screening and shade in the summer and lets warmth into the interiors in the winter. The house is characterised by textural materials of brick walls and pavers and interiors with natural stone, timber floors and painted wall panelling.