June 11th, 2021
National House visualisations showcase the design of a modestly sized two-storey skinny house
Visualisations of National House have been uploaded in ‘Projects’. The design makes geometric and elemental references to neighbouring houses of its immediate context while also alluding to the formal qualities of various compact housing types in Japanese, Dutch and Belgian inner urban neighbourhoods.
Its exterior is predominantly articulated by a ‘jacket’ of charred timber cladding, black aluminium glazed doors & windows, black metal hoods, and black standing seam metal roofing for a restrained and singular external expression in counterpoint to its neighbours. Internally, a composition of certified ash timber walls and joinery, black steel, terracotta, and burnished concrete create a series of warm and pared-back spaces.
March 20th, 2021
Sketch designs prepared for new work at Cosgriff House in Annandale
Sketch design concepts have been prepared for new work at Cosgriff House, inclusive of this design option in its two principal elevations.
A periscopic addition over the original fabric makes an appropriate homage to the established geometries of the original roof form while also referencing particular edge details of the previously designed rear addition – for an ongoing design dialogue that enables new activation to the street frontage and strengthened connections to the large jacaranda and sky & district views to the rear.
The new work also entails an in-ground concrete pool sensitively inserted within the established rear garden.
February 15th, 2021
Greenwich House visualisations showcase the design of a new two-storey house on a steeply sloping waterfront site
Visualisations of Greenwich House have been uploaded in ‘Projects’. The proposal provides crafted inter-penetrations of space and light across its multiple half-levels, and offers a multi-generational model in its spatial organisation to enable room for a growing family with permanent accommodation for the owner’s parents.
Its formal geometry is expressed as two distinct volumes separated by an open courtyard along the northern edge, and bridged by a glazed stair circulation zone for access to light, ventilation, and divergent interior views at the centre of the house. An ‘up-ticked’ rear and several considered pop-out projections in the roof and wall planes expand the envelope to allow enhanced connections from various spaces to sky and views.
February 9th, 2021
Best of Houzz 2021: Design
The new year has kicked off to a good start with Christopher Polly Architect having been voted a winner of the Best of Houzz 2021 awards in Design for the practice’s portfolio of projects. This is on the back of also having been awarded in 2020, so it’s very pleasing to know that the work of the practice continues to be well recognised.
October 12th, 2020
Binary House has been selected in the Daily Telegraph’s Top 50 Homes
It’s very heartening to learn that Binary House made it into the Daily Telegraph’s Top 50 Homes in NSW at the weekend. Many thanks to editor Robyn Willis and the selection committee for the recognition.
October 5th, 2020
Sketch designs prepared for National House, a new two-storey house in Leichhardt
Several sketch design concepts have recently been prepared for a new skinny house in Leichhardt, Sydney - inclusive of this design option shown in its principal elevations to the street and rear. The design option makes geometric and elemental references to particularities of its immediate context while also making allusions to the formal qualities of various compact housing types in Japanese, Dutch and Belgian inner urban neighbourhoods.
September 5th, 2020
Cosgriff House recently sold in just 2 weeks
In a trifecta of sorts, Cosgriff House recently sold within just 2 weeks into its off market campaign, making it a 3rd project of mine to sell in the last few months. Faithfully maintained by my clients over the last 8 years, and enhanced with appropriate landscape overlays during this time, the result communicates yet again the end-to-end architectural value brought to the project, inside and out. Fingers crossed it’s also well looked after by the new owners.
August 29th, 2020
Binary House has recently sold
It’s a very bittersweet time for my Binary House clients following the recent sale of their much cherished house and landscaped gardens to a new owner from Sydney’s inner west in mid-August. It was certainly a labour of love over several years for all involved, so fingers doubly crossed it’s well looked after.
June 6th, 2020
Elliott Ripper House has recently sold
If there is a way of measuring the value an architect brings to a project, then its sale may arguably be a predominant method of communicating this - especially when procuring common-goal quality outcomes without sacrifice of the author during its execution on site. Elliott Ripper House sold in late-May in just under 3 weeks despite restrictions in a covid-19 market, and set the second highest record in Rozelle for a 3-bed house considering its modest size - helped without doubt by my house-proud clients who lovingly maintained it over the years / Photos by Aimee Crouch, courtesy of Bresic Whitney.
March 24th, 2020
Sketch designs prepared for Murrabin House, a new residential project in Matraville
Several sketch design concepts have recently been prepared for a new project involving alterations & additions to an existing 1956 suburban dwelling in Matraville, Sydney - inclusive of this sketch design option shown in its two principal elevations.
February 15th, 2020
Best of Houzz Awards 2020: Design
Very pleased to share that Christopher Polly Architect has been voted a winner of the 2020 Best of Houzz awards in Design for the practice’s portfolio of projects.
February 1st, 2020
Binary House bathroom published within the Daily Telegraph’s Home magazine
The Daily Telegraph Home magazine has featured a “Clean and Simple” snippet on the Binary House bathroom within a larger article entitled “The Next Wave”.
While very grateful to editor Robyn Willis for its inclusion, it’s noted that contrary to the article the bathroom has large openable windows for natural light and ventilation.
November 22nd, 2019
Greenwich House ongoing design development
Three feasibility design options for a new house in Greenwich were initially developed in a series of working models to test scale, bulk and proportion within the context of the surrounding development.
These 3 options have each been undergoing much design development over the last few months in the form of alternate plans, elevations and sections to tease out the optimal outcome in response to the client brief, planning controls, and the particularities of the site and local environmental conditions.
September 23rd, 2019
The Local Project has featured Unfurled House
Unfurled House has been lovingly showcased in a great feature article published by The Local Project entitled “A Hidden Addition - Unfurled House by Christopher Polly Architect”. Many thanks to writer Liz Barrett and the editorial team at TLP.
September 6th, 2019
Binary House has been Highly Commended in the Lysaght Inspirations Design Awards
It’s very exciting to share that Binary House has been Highly Commended in the 2019 Lysaght Inspirations Design Awards, Residential Projects category. Many thanks to the jury, it’s a great honour to have the project recognised.