As a response to increased housing costs in Sydney, this client group purchased an old Victorian house in Enmore between 3. The design brief focussed on how to accommodate both hermit and herd instincts. In addition to a generous shared living space, each occupant also has exclusive use of an outdoor private space.
The tight budget for this project led to extensive use of salvaged materials. The tallowwood floorboards are laid in herringbone due to the length of sourced timbers and old pub tiles are used in the bathroom.
This is share housing grown up.
Dawes Point, Sydney
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.
Dulwich Hill, Sydney
The steeply angled rooves of this Dulwich Hill addition work hard to capture east and north sunlight over the tall tiled forms of the original dwelling. In winter, sunlight floods the new living areas and deck, while in Summer the high windows vent out the hot air and draw in cool breezes from the sheltered garden.
Out the back is a separate studio set up as a music room, but hotly contested by all of the residents.
Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney
The objects in this exhibition are related either to death, magic or both.
The concept for this exhibition design involved architecturally testing ways of opening up the glass showcase in order to provoke a visceral engagement between the viewer and the viewed. Black steel angle supports were used to define spatial relationships between object and audience, and also to set up relationships between the objects themselves.
This exhibition design was a prototype for new techniques in display, lighting and text for the proposed new museum building at Sydney University.