13Buildings & Places

The Sustainable Jigsaw Puzzle

Phoenix House

ArchitectHarley Graham
Building typeGuided Tour House
Year Built2020
Opening Hours10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Photography PermittedYes
Photography by Andy Macpherson
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36 Carlyle Street, Byron Bay

Note: the tour times shown are AEDT time, which is one hour ahead of Queensland time.

The 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. With sports fields across the road to the north, and beyond this, the bay. The veranda acts as ‘stage to the park’, an interface between the park and the dwelling, creating a strong connection to ‘community’.

Phoenix House was awarded the Milo Dunphy Award for Sustainable Architecture at the 2022 NSW Architecture Awards.

Further information:

  • IMPORTANT: Please note this tour is in NSW and the time shown is AEDT (one hour ahead of Queensland time).
  • Photography is permitted at this venue.
  • This venue is not accessible.

Photography by Andy Macpherson.

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