A mini timber pavilion addition to a Victorian tennis clubhouse has been named Australia’s best new architect-designed small building.

The Maidstone Tennis Pavilion (VIC) by Searle x Waldron Architecture received the The Nicholas Murcutt Award for Small Project Architecture at the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards on 3 November in Sydney.

It placed ahead of a house addition project in QLD by Stephen de Jersey Architect, which received a National Award, as well as a host of other shortlisted projects

View the full list of winning projects from the 2016 National Architecture Awards here.

Read the full jury citation for Maidstone Tennis Pavilion by Searle x Waldron Architecture and see the other awarded projects in the Small Project Architecture category below:

The Nicholas Murcutt Award for Small Project Architecture—Maidstone Tennis Pavilion (VIC) by Searle x Waldron Architecture

Photography by Nick Searle 

Jury citation: Maidstone Tennis Pavilion in Melbourne’s inner west is an accomplished and thoughtful addition to an existing building. After decades of ad hoc alterations, and more recently being left in a rundown state, the old clubhouse has been respectfully refurbished, with careful consideration paid to the Federation building’s heritage elements. Beyond this, a timber viewing deck and gently sloping ramp lead to the new toilet and storeroom. The new space complements the older pavilion and delights with its expressive form.

Timber cladding is arranged diagonally rather than in a traditional horizontal or vertical orientation, while inside the toilet pod, peppermint green flooring takes its cues from the painted shades seen in the pavilion. Ample natural light filters from the skylight, creating a space that is playful and calming. With an aim to improve accessibility and functionality for a local community building, the project is elevated due to the architect’s refreshing use of materials and skilful hand. This is an admirable project that offers an excellent example of highly considered architecture that is low-cost and discreet while also making a superb contribution to the local community.


  • National Award for Small Project Architecture—Bath House (QLD) by Stephen de Jersey Architect   

Photography by Nick Searle