A build that re-interprets typical suburban architecture and celebrates Australia’s iconic iron shed.


Architect/Interior designer/Builder: CplusC Architectural Workshop

Structural Engineer: SDA Structures

Landscape Architect: Bell Landscapes

The impact of Iron Maiden’s elongated and dissected form induces an immediate sense of awe. Like a cake with a slice cut off the end, the home celebrates the local context and history of the Lower North Shore site in a considered and contemporary manner. The home is made up of dual structures connected via a central pond and accessed using connecting walkways.

The clients were returning to Australia from Hong Kong, where they’d spent years living in apartments. Looking to capitalise on the Sydney climate and to welcome sun into every corner of the home, they requested a design that opened to the north and engaged with passive design principles to regulate the comfort of its spaces and encourage a strong outdoor connection.

CplusC Architectural Workshop was called on to take care of the design, build and decoration. Bordered by a pre-existing sandstone wall that provided textural and formal cues for the exterior cladding of the house, Iron Maiden was influenced by the environmentally responsive and elegant iron-clad sheds designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Glenn Murcutt and his book Leaves of Iron.

“The desire of the client to have a connection with Australian nature inspired the reinterpretation of Glenn Murcutt’s design ethos,” says Clinton Cole, director of CplusC Architectural Workshop, who notes the overlap patterned galvanised steel cladding displays remnants of Murcutt’s approach and sensitivity to the Australian vernacular. Indeed, Iron Maiden is the first project in suburban Sydney to use steel so extensively.