House of the Year filled with Breezway Louvre Windows


The award-winning Daphne Residence designed by NEArchitecture works with the natural slope of the site, operating over three separate levels, each connecting with the ground in a different manner. Each level houses a different function, from social to sleeping to utility; while maintaining an immediacy suitable for living.

The lineal form is staggered, providing an interplay of light and shade that shifts through the day. Natural ventilation and generous views out to nature are captured by utilising Breezway Altair Louvre Windows in the design. Despite the weather conditions, there is always both an external and internal space for refuge and prospect.

The detailing of the home allows for fluid movement between the inside and out; thresholds have been blurred; external decks and terraces offer comfort in living. There’s a natural attraction to occupy the edge, swing your feet off the deck, or sit on the vegie garden wall in the shade, sharing a conversation about the day.

The Daphne Residence is honest, unassuming, and a place you want to be. It’s home.

The project won a 2020 AIA Far North Queensland Regional Award for House of the Year.

Architect: NEArchitecture
Tel: 0407 991 868

Photographer: Andrew Watson Photography
Tel: 0401 666 921