Selected Projects

Tamarama House

This new beachside home in Sydney’s East recently won a Sydney Design Award (2019) for innovation in residential architecture.

Designed for a large family, the two-storey five-bedroom was a collaboration between Fox Johnston Architects and Melbourne modular prefab experts, Modscape.

The efficient upstairs layout comfortably contains five bedrooms and two bathrooms, with space and privacy for adults and children. Downstairs, public space is sequenced for visual links (surveillance) between kitchen, living and dining rooms, outdoor living spaces and a detached rumpus / study.


  • 2019 Sydney Design Awards – Silver

To manage sun and strong winds on the beachside site, Fox Johnston fine-tuned the arrangement of modules and façade treatment. Operable timber-battened windows screens capture sunlight in winter and filter it in summer, while adding textural layers to the façade. Skylights and clerestory windows also help maximise interior light while aiding cross ventilation.

Built on the footprint of a demolished bungalow, Tamarama House uses nine Modscape modules to achieve its 340 square-metre interior, not including the 60 square metres of outdoor deck.

Remnants of the old sandstone foundations have been artfully woven into the landscape design.

This is the first collaboration of its kind for the multi award-winning practice of Fox Johnston Architects, and Principal, Conrad Johnston, says he is open to doing more:

“The process was good. It allowed our clients the benefits of a bespoke architectural project with significant time and cost savings. Using us throughout the project, the clients were able to apply materials, design and finishing not usually associated with modular houses, and we tailored it specifically to their needs. For around the price of alterations and additions to a badly degraded existing house, the clients got a new home at around 66 percent of the cost, and in around 25 percent of the time. It’s a very interesting way of building.” — Conrad Johnston