April 4th, 2022
Materials studies for a new off-grid house in the Blue Mountains in development
Elevation colour studies have been prepared to highlight alternative combinations of exterior materials for a new off-grid house in the Blue Mountains.
Robust low maintenance materials inclusive of pre-finished steel cladding profiles, low carbon fibre-cement panels, fireproof concrete, and external sliding metal mesh screens all draw upon the variety of natural grey, green, and silver tones embodied in the eucalypt and angophora trees on site – to enable a complementary dialogue to be forged with its surrounding landscape and to allow the house to sit comfortably within its setting.
February 5th, 2022
Flexion House visualisations showcase a two-storey house on an expansive site overlooking adjacent parklands and the Cooks River
Visualisations of Flexion House have been uploaded in ‘Projects’. The uniquely crafted form of the house bends, extends and shifts in response to the shape of the site, program of rooms, and views to the Cooks River and adjacent park landscape.
It incorporates white brickwork, blackbutt timber boards, black fine steel elements and expansive glazing for strong connections to outdoor spaces and its setting. Dark bronze expanded mesh pivot screens temper direct light and modulate privacy to upper rear balcony & living spaces, while also engaging the rear composition along the riverbank. The interior orchestrates a meticulous overlay of blackbutt timber flooring, wall linings, batten screens and joinery finishes to infuse a singular cohesiveness across ground and upper floor spaces.
January 29th, 2022
Best of Houzz 2022: Design
The new year is off to a good start with Christopher Polly Architect having been voted a winner of the Best of Houzz 2022 awards in Design for the practice’s portfolio of projects.
It’s very gratifying that the work of the practice continues to be well recognised on the back of also having been awarded in 2021 and 2020.
January 13th, 2022
Model development of a new off-grid house in the Blue Mountains
Modelling of a new off-grid house in the Blue Mountains draws geometric reference from the clients’ love of the abstract formal qualities of early modernist houses by Charles Gwathmey and Myron Goldfinger.
Durable materials enable it to meet the design performance required of a BAL FZ high bushfire attack level, inclusive of a fireproof concrete base, low carbon fibre-cement cladding, pre-finished metal cladding, fire-rated thermally efficient double glazing, external horizontally-sliding metal mesh screens and vertically-retractable motorised screens as fire barriers. It proposes several off-grid measures including a solar system for power generation, 20,000 litres of underground water storage, under-floor heating, a small wood fire, and a heat recovery system to duct warm fresh air heated by exhaust air as needed.
November 26th, 2021
Christopher Polly Architect included in Archello’s 25 Best Architecture Firms in Sydney
Archello has published the “25 Best Architecture Firms in Sydney” and it’s a great thrill and privilege for my practice to have been selected for inclusion amongst a stellar group of architecture practices producing great work in Sydney.
Many thanks to the editorial team and writer at Archello for the recognition.
November 11th, 2021
Sketch designs prepared for a new off-grid house in the Blue Mountains
Sketch design concepts have been prepared for a new off-grid house in the Blue Mountains region west of Sydney. Based on an efficient 4m x 3.8m structural grid, the design option pin-wheels a series private and public rooms around a central courtyard to provide a modest internal floor area of 100 sqm with a low environmental footprint of only 129 sqm on the site.
It enables strong connections to its surrounding landscape and vast views of the escarpment and mountains beyond, while also allowing its entire envelope to be fully ‘shut down’ when unoccupied. A robust low maintenance palette of materials provide long term durability and make reference to the various grey and silver tones of the eucalypt and angophora trees on site.
August 25th, 2021
Darling Point Penthouse to be further transformed in newly prepared sketch designs
Sketch design concepts were recently prepared for new work and adjustments to the interior and exterior at Darling Point Penthouse, inclusive of new built-in bench seating in stacked and patterned brickwork at one of the terrace.
It’s a rare and lovely opportunity to continue working with a stellar client and to be able to re-visit a built design with a view to further enriching their much cherished home.
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.