65 National Circuit, Forrest. 65National-feature

65 National Circuit, Forrest

The house at 65 National Circuit, Forrest was designed by Peter Byfield in 1998. The house occupies one half of a dual occupancy development on the corner of National Circuit and Melbourne Avenue. The 1900 square metre parcel of land was sub-divided in 1997.

A similar house was built on the other half of the block, facing Melbourne Avenue. The houses are located within Canberra’s national area, close to Parliament House.

The house at 65 National Circuit reflects Byfield’s approach to design, with its essentially flat roofed cubic form, smooth, rendered surfaces and extensive glazing to living areas.


The three bedroom house is located on a corner block, with entry to the southwest from National Circuit. Entry is at ground level, with a double height void above the entrance faced with copper sheeting and a tall, narrow window. The living and sleeping areas are at ground level with an upper storey containing an office which is accessed by an external staircase. A balcony off the office faces National Circuit, above and to the right of the entry area.

A north facing, curved meals area on the ground level protrudes from the main mass of the building and is supported by steel beams, with full height glazing on three sides and a flat metal deck roof. The flat roof of the main mass of the building is concealed by a parapet.