“Behind a traditional facade, this terrace has a bright surprise. Instead of a dark hallway with pokey rooms, you're drawn to the light where the home opens up and flows onto the backyard. By focusing on light and creating a sense of spaciousness in this home, the architects have created something both unexpected and livable.”- The Lunchbox Architect
Amrish Maharaj Architect
Burgess Arnott and Grava Engineering
A poorly planned, dark and disconnected south facing addition was the catalyst for this renovation Sydney’s innerwest suburb of Enmore. Centred around the need for a light and airy addition for a family of four, the brief also included a hub for family living and a better connection to the modest, but underutilized rear courtyard.
In keeping with heritage values, the design strategy comprised of a careful and authentic restoration of the original dwelling, with a bold contemporary rear addition to purposefully juxtapose from the original Victorian dwelling.
Challenged with the a narrow lot size and its southern orientation, the design approach centred around a feature 6m double height void and strategically placed north-facing windows that draw light into the rear addition.
The house borrows from glimpses of distant treetop views and vistas of the sky to give the owners a sense of space and openness rarely achieved in inner-city properties.
2 Adults / 2 Children
Site Area // 208.1 sq.m
Floor Area //160.0 sq.m
Design + Approvals // 13 months
Construction // 6 months
2018 HIA Award Winner Best Renovation
2019 Marrickville Medal Finalist