Buhwi Bira

Micro Residential completed 2015

Buhwi Bira Architecture Project

Buhwi Bira meaning ‘breathe’ in the local Bundjalung language is a self-contained studio with built in adaptability for multi-function from secondary dwelling to expanded house to music room. Opening out into a private pleasure garden featuring local bush rock walling, minimalist hoop pine lining and ‘shou sugi ban’ or traditional Japanese charred timber cladding, a small presupposing dwelling offers quite intimate delights. A  few simple moves  ensures the main 21sq.m  living/dining/kitchen/bed room feels spacious and accommodating – glazed walls extend the space out into garden courtyards, the high 4.5m ceiling with generous clerestory sky window provide a luminous interior, integrated kitchenette and storage including tilt-a-way queen size bed, uniform hoop pine detailing and  minimalist clean lines settle the eye and expands the space.

Project Team

Paul Jones, Renato Vilardi


Owner Build with Bill Stewart


Greg Saunders