Kellyville house, NSW

A modern family home in the rapidly growing northern Sydney suburb of Kellyville, this dwelling sits on a site in which many if not each of its neighbours seem to be competing to shout loudest by building the biggest houses their plots can contain. Using simple materials, a combination of concrete, metal and timber and glass, its exterior has a distinctly Japanese flavour, and we like to think our design shows no such neighbourly lack of restraint in either scale or finish.