This project received the 2003 NSW RAIA Wilkinson Award and an RAIA National Commendation for outstanding residential architecture.


Awards jury comments: “The Toumbaal House is not so much a “home” but an idea of “camping place” with a temporary sense of occupying space and creating shelter in an extremely exposed environment.” “The building…captures part of the “outback” as a protected field contained within the punctured walls of enclosure. The way it is inhabited and the degree of closure depends on the severity of the external environment, and the mindset of the inhabitants.” “The house is an experiment in romanticism in it evocation of memory and in its response to its setting.” “in its occupation of the open plain the shelter represents the taming of the wild, the wind and the fire.”


Architecture: Fergus Scott.