Sunnybanks House

This is a special house designed for a retired couple, making the move from Sydney to the luscious landscape of Middleton in southern Tasmania. It’s a home in which to live in, to connect with the land, to watch the weather and the stars, and to accommodate visiting family members.

Sunnybanks House

We found our clients the perfect site, located on a gentle hill oriented to the north for the sun and the views of the D'entrecasteaux Chanel. We wanted the house to sit with the contours of the hill, nestling into the bank and opening up its long north-facing side to the panoramic views and warming sunshine. 

Our client’s have a beautiful collection of furniture, artworks, literature and music. We wanted the house to be a quiet backdrop to all of these beauties, so we selected a simple material pallete of concrete, steel, lime rendered masonry and Tasmanian timbers. 

Sunnybanks House
Sunnybanks House
Sunnybanks House
Sunnybanks House

Knowing that this part of Tasmania can experience wild weather throughout the year, we built in a sheltered outdoor entertaining area, covered by a roof and with an outdoor fireplace to keep warm by. The house is 9 Star energy rated, and uses the warmth of the sun, storing it in the insulated floor and walls, for gradual release throughout the day and night. Our clients were thrilled to discover they could comfortably walk around bare-foot in the depths of winter, with no need to turn the heaters on!

We were looking for an aesthetically pleasing low energy, solar efficient home that made the most of the stunning Southern Tasmania landscape. Core Collective provided that and much more; exceeding our expectations with a design that we have fallen in love with.
— Client, Sunnybanks House
Sunnybanks House

As always, we were very involved during construction. We like to work with the builder and tradespeople to refine the designs together. At Sunnybanks house, there was a range of custom steel items, including the landscape screening and internal storage shelving. Our steel fabricator welcomed us into his workshop to refine the details together. We designed a large outdoor copper light fitting and had a studio working-bee to install the light on site.

We engaged Core Collective on a full-service contract basis that took us from conceptual design to handover; they were totally professional and put our best-interests ahead of all other considerations, which ensured that for us, the build was a pleasurable and rewarding experience.
— Client, Sunnybanks House

Location: Middleton, Tasmania, Australia

Completed: 2016

Energy Rating: 9 Star (AccuRate)


2017 Winner Tasmanian Architecture Awards – Award for Residential Architecture Houses (New)

2017 Winner Tasmanian Architecture Awards – Award for Sustainable Architecture

2017 Winner Tasmanian Architecture Awards – Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture

2017 Houses Awards – Shortlisted (New houses over 200m2)



Published in Houses, Australia's leading residential architecture magazine for designers and their clients


Project Team

Our Team: Ryan Strating, Chris Clinton, Emily Ouston

Builder: Paradigm Constructions

Structural Engineer: Gandy and Roberts Consulting Engineers

Steel Fabricator: Mike McGlynn, Allports

Building Surveyor: Pitt & Sherry

Energy Rater: Building eValuate

Plumber: Overeem Gas & Plumbing

Lighting Consultant: Casa Monde

Photographer: Adam Gibson Photographer , Ryan Stating

Sustainable Initiatives

ClinkaBLOK expanded clay insulated masonry walls and slab edge insulation

ClinkaFILL expanded clay insulating under slab fill

Water collection and re-use

Triple-glazed timber-aluminium composite windows and glazed doors

Green roof with ClinkaFILL lightweight growing media


Walls: ClinkaBLOK

Insulating under-slab fill: ClinkaFILL

Windows: Triple-glazed timber-aluminium composite from Outline, Denmark

Bathroom products: Rogerseller

Kitchen products: Abey, AEG, Qasair


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