Benn & Penna Architects completed the design and development for Southern Highlands House, a home-office pavilion exhibiting original modern architecture details in New South Wales, Australia. Inspired by a quote belonging to American architect and artist Marion Mahony Griffin- “A tiny house, like a tiny temple, can be a perfect work of art”- the designers managed to deliver a welcoming dwelling with an intriguing modern look. The new construction sits alongside two existing pavilions containing the functions of sleeping and living.

According to the architects, the three pavilions are “loosely arranged alongside one another at the base of a natural amphitheater formed by the tower sandstone cliffs of the Barragorang Valley“. Non-combustible metal sheeting was employed to protect the building from the hazards of the environment. The new working area is as inviting as it gets, with its generously-sized windows, comfortable furniture and visually-friendly materials. [Photographs: Tom Ferguson]