The project presents an appropriately simple and direct extrapolation of an existing archetypal form within a sustainably modest footprint. It provides a significantly expanded series of connected interior volumes that harness access to sunlight, ventilation and strengthened links to tree canopies and sky, with extension of key existing materials and finishes to retain some memory of its previous incarnation.
An inserted ground floor open living volume is generated by extension of the original envelope and internal levels to an averaged plan footprint of former lean-to’s, followed by a rear first floor addition that extrudes the previous floor plate and gable-ended roof form over the new ground floor. The cathedral volume is retained within the new first floor room arrangement and an extrapolated ceiling-to-wall junction scribes the wrapped alignment of all element heights, lightly bridged to raked ceiling planes by opalescent polycarbonate - while a generous carved void and open stair vertically expands the relationship between two previously unrelated floors.
Fine steel plate
elements contrast rusticated weatherboards and expanses of fixed
glass and western red cedar external-face sliding doors & pivot windows
offer varying degrees of openness and enclosure to temper light and air,
strengthening connections to its setting. Two living spaces reflect
contemporary patterns of use to enable separation of adult and children
functions when required. The ground floor area provides a ‘day’ space for meals
preparation, dining and expansive enjoyment of rear gardens, while the upper
living room provides an ‘evening’ space for relaxation, separation from
utilities and enjoyment of district views - with an adaptable third bedroom
providing flexibility for future use as a study.
Date: 2007 - 2011
Location: Rozelle, Sydney / Gadigal and Wangal Land
Builder: Paul King Pty Ltd
Structural Engineer: SDA Structures
Hydraulic Consultant: Shore to Flow
Landscape Architect: Carmichael Studios with
Christopher Polly Architect
Surveyor: Junek & Junek
Planner: Damian O’Toole Town Planning
Photography: Brett Boardman Photography
2013 Australian Institute of Architects Awards, Houses (Alterations & Additions) - Shortlisted Finalist
2012 IDEA Awards - Shortlisted Finalist
2012 Australian Timber Design Awards - Shortlisted
Testimonial: Megan Ripper
engaged Chris to design and project manage a large scale extension and
renovation to our house and couldn’t have been happier with the end result.
Chris was able to come up with some fantastic ideas that gelled well with the
aesthetic we’d hoped to achieve, and the little details he was able to
incorporate really took the project to a level beyond expectations.
Chris is incredibly professional to deal with, and aside from his great ideas and an eye for detail, we were impressed with the way he was able to run the tender process and manage our appointed builders throughout the project. The result? A project that came in on time and budget, and a house we love spending every minute in! Chris deserved all of the nominations and print media exposure our house received once completed.
We wouldn’t hesitate to use Chris again on a future project and have
recommended him to others.