The Drill Hall is a heritage listed building near Observatory Hill in Sydney. This project involved the adaptive re-use of some forgotten office space on the ground floor into a compact city dwelling.
The available space is small but the owners have frequent large dinner parties. The challenge in the design was to make the small spaces feel generous. This was achieved by increasing the amount of natural light, defining spaces through level changes & joinery units rather than walls and keeping the material palette calm.
There is no garden on the title but the owners have befriended the reverend next door and have salvaged a small unloved triangle of land behind the church. This secret garden & church wall lend colour to the indoor spaces.