This development in Sydney’s inner west involved the sub division of an existing property and construction of three new dwellings in a conservation area.
Two of the dwellings face on to Nelson Street, a wide tree lined residential street. One of these houses retains the existing single storey frontage of the original house with a large two storey addition behind whilst the other is a new modern two storey dwelling referencing the freestanding terrace typology common to the area. To the rear of the site the garages and a new freestanding dwelling are situated on the rear laneway.
Given the different context of the three dwelling each was tailor designed and responded individually to its own context. The rear dwelling embraces a more industrial aesthetic with a simple more austere facade to the laneway address. Facing in to the development the house breaks down in to a more skeletal structure that uses adjustable panels to control sun, light and privacy.
This freestanding home sits on a relatively small block within a conservation area. The challenge was to integrate a modern addition with an existing Californian bungalow on an exposed corner site. The resulting design combines a folded zinc roof with brick, steel, timber and glass to transition from and complement the existing house.
Previously the home had virtually no usable outdoor space so a split level design was used to maximise the apparent space and connect the main living area with a newly created garden and raised deck.
Situated in Sydney’s northern beaches this site came with a 1:1 slope, combined with panoramic beach views this led us to develop the design of this “rooftop house”. A three storey solid base cut in to the hillside houses all the bedrooms and ancillary accommodation. This allowed us to form a rooftop with about 350sq.m. of level terrace bridging back to meet the hillside. This rooftop is then designed almost like a separate single storey dwelling with lightweight steel framed pavilions loosely arranged along with outdoor terraces and the swimming pool. The wide eaves and floor finishes emphasis the connection of the internal spaces to the roof terrace around them. The kitchen and living room feature as 2 “islands” within the terrace, with the dining room being an enclosable negative space between them. Further back on the site the bushland and large trees are left in-tact with natural landscaping winding up to a series of architectural events in the landscape.
A mixed use development situated on a vibrant section of King Street in the inner Sydney suburb of Newtown. Comprising of 13 apartments and 3 commercial units on a site of just 610m2 this urban regeneration project replaced an existing petrol station on the site.
As a corner building in a conservation area the design draws on the inter-war tradition of corner buildings, using horizontally banded brickwork and curved facades to emphasis the wrapping of the site boundaries and transition from main thoroughfare to a pedestrianized side street. Three penthouse apartments are set back from the main building line, enjoying roof terraces with district views.
How to fulfil the brief for a light and airy home on a south facing block was the challenge that lead us to develop this design for a rear addition to a suburban bungalow on Sydney’s north shore. Our answer was to design a twisted roof window that transforms from a near flat skylight through a progression of steel angles to end as a vertical window. These angles provide a sculptural form that transform shadow and light into the main living spaces as the days progresses. Oregon timber ceiling lining highlights the spatial quality of the skylights whilst also warming and softening the reflected light to the concrete floor surface below. Elsewhere in the existing part of the house new skylights were inserted with deep reveals that continue the theme of light and shadow. Externally the roof window created an asymmetric form that was wrapped in black metal and timber cladding in contrast to the lightness of the interior.
At the outset of this project the aim was to minimise removal of waste from the site and re-use demolition material in the new design. The cladding incorporates waste timbers and flooring whilst the new floor uses all the old bricks that made up the back of the old house. Other stone, timber and bricks were used through the landscaping. The upper floor of the rear façade features a series of windows and openable shutters that are strategically positioned to allow light and views from the bedroom whilst maintaining privacy.
Blandford is a heritage listed post-war house due to it being an unusual example of Art Deco styling. The design objective was to restore three separate flats back into a single dwelling, substantially recovering the character as built in 1948, whilst also providing a contemporary addition that is complimentary to the original style.
To a large extent the front section of the house remained unaltered by the design. Rooms were reconnected through the re-opening of original doorways and refurbished rather than significantly altered. In doing this room uses were re-defined for current living patterns.
A double height addition was then added to the rear. This new addition houses the main living spaces and connects to the three previously disparate areas of the house; the period featured upstairs, the rear garden, and the less featured basement accommodation, so recovering and enhancing the original home.
A challenging site in Bronte has led to this design for sub-division and two new dwellings on a steep and relatively small site. The design seeks to maximise natural light, ventilation and ocean views whilst maintaining privacy to the new dwellings, resulting in some interesting forms on the irregular site.
The restoration of this Federation Queen Anne-style house in Randwick also provided a rear addition with clean minimal spaces. The extension is built directly off the new glass fronted pool while a double height “birdcage” hovers over the outdoor entertaining space and provides shade and privacy to the new north facing kitchen and family room.
This small workers cottage in a Balmain laneway sits on just 170sq.m. of land. As the project is in a conservation area the front section of the cottage was retained stepping down to a new two storey addition to the rear.
In order to maximize the sense of space for the new addition and maintain neighbors’ privacy the design was conceived as a solid upper floor sitting on a ground floor “table” structure. The frame for this table stretches out towards the boundaries defining a large area of the site. The internal and external spaces are separated only by glazing positioned independently of the columns. Whilst unassuming from the street the rear addition combines the traditional forms and materials with modern detailing to complement the heritage frontage.
This small but fun project involved the remodelling of the rear of a simple post-war suburban bungalow. The rear lean-to structures were demolished to allow us to create a new open plan living dining room and connection to the rear garden with a suspended deck. The new garden design incorporates a plunge pool, karate studio and new deck referencing our client’s love of traditional Japanese culture.
Our client purchased a vacant lot on Sydney’s northern beaches to build a beach house for their retirement and for their extended family to enjoy.
The home is entered from the higher western side via a raised boardwalk that steps down suspended above the native grasses. The home consists of a main 3 storey block plus a smaller 2 storey pavilion, linked with a glazed bridge. The main section stretches the width of the site, taking maximum advantage of the ocean views. Living is located on the central level and opens on to a cantilevered deck that hangs in the tree tops and provides the communal focus. On the top level is the main bedroom and a piano gallery, linked to the main living level by an inviting stair. On the garden level are 3 guest bedrooms, allowing the owners to generally live contained on 2 storeys when the extended family is not “beached” at the house.
The main house pavilion is a steel column structure set on a regular grid defining a service zone and clear living spaces. Vertically the façade is broken by setting lines off grid and playing with the established framing module. The deck is suspended from 3 steel and timber cruciform flitch beams that are set at a height to also form the internal balustrading.