Project size: 2,400 square feet

Program: The design of this two-bedroom dwelling is inspired by the local vernacular, and maximizes views to the ocean beyond.

Location: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Solution: Located on a steep west-facing site, the architects designed a concrete mass to embed solid foundations. Together with a green roof, the concrete, which helps with thermal massing, contributes to a passive design. A latticed wood screen wraps around the top level, utilizing a system of complex joints, and paying homage to local traditions of timber crafstmanship seen in the lowland stilt houses.

Construction and materials: The house’s main material is poured concrete. The exterior screens were constructed from pine, and together contain over 2,200 individual pieces of wood.

Additional Information

Completion date2017

Gross square footage: 2,400 square feet

Total project cost: withheld

Client: withheld




Studio Workshop
2/5 Northview Street, Mermaid Waters. Gold Coast, Queesland Australia. 4218


Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:

Rory Spence, Jonathan Nelson, Chris Knapp, Joel Hutchines (All not registered)



Stocks And Partners


General contractor:

Cyril Duffy



Peter Bennetts



Landscape: Balance Enviro Solutions

Other: Concreting - Conform Civil




Structural System

In-Situ concrete structure
Manufacturer of any structural components unique to this project: All milling, joining, finishing, and assembly into panels took place at the designers' workshop on the Gold Coast of Australia, and was shipped via container to Papua New Guinea for installation. The entire assembly has been organized as a system of seamless 1200mm panels and doors.


Exterior Cladding

Rainscreen: Accoya 50x50 rough sawn timber

Wood: Accoya 50x50 rough sawn timber



Built-up roofing: Green roof, concrete substructure



Metal frame: Black powder coated aluminium doors AWS



Entrances: Solid local hardwood timber doors

Wood doors: Solid local hardwood timber doors



Locksets: Lock And Handle Company

Pulls: Lock And Handle Company


Interior Finishes

Acoustical ceilings: Local hardwood timber ceilings

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Studio Workshop custom designed timber vanitys, bookshelf, wine cabinet, bench seating and shelving

Raised flooring: Polished concrete floor throughout 

Special interior finishes unique to this project: Polished concrete floor throughout 



Fixed seating: Studio Workshop custom hardwood bench seating

Tables: Domayne furniture table

Upholstery: Domayne furniture couches