Five Dock House
Five Dock House by Neeson Murcutt Architects

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Five Dock NSW

Structural Engineer:

Randall Jones & Associates


Spartacon Brick and Blocklaying


Paul R Cigana


Brett Boardman

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While obviously a contemporary design, this award-winning house sits comfortably in a Sydney streetscape that ranges from Californian bungalows to more recent rendered ‘mansions’.

For Rachel Neeson of Neeson Murcutt Architects, the long, narrow site “was an opportunity to test the basic assumptions of a suburban bungalow.” The material selection and construction methods are conventional, the critical differences being in site interpretation and design execution.

Five Dock House
Five Dock House - Bowral Dry Pressed Bricks

The external walls are constructed in cavity brickwork using Austral Bricks™ Bowral® Blue dry-pressed bricks. “We know that a double-brick wall has good thermal performance, that’s a generally well understood fact,” says Ms Neeson. Single-thickness brick partition walls reduce sound transmission between rooms and add to the thermal mass.

Five Dock House
Five Dock House, NSW

“We think dry-pressed bricks have a far superior appearance,” says Nick Murcutt. The architects also chose face brickwork for its durability and low maintenance needs.

The Five Dock House won the AIA (NSW) Wilkinson Award for Residential Architecture.


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