The proposal for a young family entails a new two-storey house on an inner-suburban site. Its formal composition to the street and rear is a uniquely crafted and direct response to setback and building height plane controls. A thin front facade is extruded in section to the centre of the plan and pinched at this point to provide a covered second entry, expanding to a greater width at the rear for an asymmetric gable-end form inventively accommodating the client’s brief over both levels.
The front half maintains provision for a side driveway and parking for two cars, while a large roof overhang, tiled on its underside, shades northern glazing and enables a distinctive geometric expression in the public domain. The faces of the wider rear half incorporate battens over upper level glazing, while retractable exterior blinds housed within steel plate assemblies shade lower glazing. The front of the ground level accommodates a guest bedroom, bathroom, mud room and laundry, while a singular, open arrangement of kitchen, dining and living spaces directly expand to a terrace and landscaped garden at the rear. The front upper level incorporates a second bathroom, and a main bedroom with ensuite which capture city skyline views. Two kids bedrooms and an upper kids living area to the rear connect to their external environment and encourage an interplay of rooms across a substantial void over the ground level living space.
It incorporates painted timber boards & battens, fine steel elements, timber board & timber veneer finishes to interior joinery, burnished ground floor & rear terrace slabs, and aluminium framed sliding and pivot-stay glazing for strengthened connections to outdoor spaces and its setting.
Date: 2016 -
Location: Lilyfield, Sydney
Visualisations: Matthew Fonda
Surveyor: D&C Surveyors