Completed early 2015, this significant alteration to a terrace on a steeply sloping site with dual street frontages, is an archetypal manifestation of the value an architect can bring to a project. One big bold move creates an unrecognisable transformation.
The existing house appears from the front, to be a single-story terrace – as most of the house is actually underground. The (seemingly) simple act of cutting a lightwell into the rock below the original concrete front courtyard, brought light and air into the formerly windowless and dark lower level, whilst maintaining the heritage streetscape.
The back half of the house was entirely demolished and the ‘catastrophe’ of kitchen, bathroom, outdoor laundry etc. was then relocated to the front of the house (at the lower level). The living was then relocated to a new built-form at the rear re-using the existing bricks from the demolished section resulting in a vastly improved connection to the back yard. At the end of the yard a new studio over a garage helps frame the backyard which in summer becomes a shaded outdoor room under the enormous canopy of a Chinese Hackberry on the neighbouring property.
All the bedrooms and a large new bathroom are then grouped on the upper (street) level. We were very lucky to have Mary Gaudin take some of the photographs here whilst actually staying in the house over several days as a guest of the owners.
Project Team: Andy Macdonald, Telly Theodore
Builders: Cuzco(House) / Constec(Studio)
Interiors: MiArchitects / Telly Theodore
Council: City of Sydney
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