Brief: Complete re-think of a Federation Style terrace house on a very narrow steeply sloping site in Paddington in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, to create more functional living, sleeping and washing space for a young couple and improve the flow between rooms and connection with the garden.
Challenges: Working within the bounds of an extremely narrow (3.2m) and steeply sloping site, within a heritage conservation area and with strict controls on roof slope, materials and internal planning. Resolving solar access and cross ventilation issues on such a hemmed in urban site and efficiently moving between spaces when space for stairs and halls is very limited.
Solutions: Creation of a central light well and staircase that acts as the main linking element between different levels and spaces, as well as drawing in natural light to the darkest part of the house. The internal planning responds to the steep site slope, with different functions being contained on a level of its own and connected via the stair and light well. A pond is located in an existing courtyard to reflect and amplify southern light, capture and detain stormwater and given the home a cool calmness.
Highlights: Working creatively with amazing clients to transform a tied and dysfunctional house into one that is fresh, exciting and joyful to inhabit.