2013 Houses Awards: Alteration and Addition over 200m2

Alteration and Addition over 200m2 Lilyfield Warehouse by Virginia Kerridge Architect Houses Awards

Jury comment

This adaption of a disused warehouse resourcefully exploits the potential of the existing fabric to create a unique home with a sophisticated interplay of internal and external domestic space. The existing warehouse conceals a spacious, rich interior. Like a classical walled courtyard house, this home allows a sense of both freedom and security for a young family.

Central to the planning are the dual courtyard spaces. These are artfully located to provide aspect and outlook to the key spaces of the home. The external brick walls of the original warehouse have a rich texture, and the existing sawtooth trusses are retained throughout, a reminder of the building’s former use and a celebration of its adaptive reuse. Above the courtyards the trusses seem precariously suspended, enhancing the sense of filtered space that is so evident both internally and externally. Recycled materials are used throughout.

The house is designed to be climatically adaptable – there is thermal mass and the design allows for the entry of the northern sun and cooling breezes. This is a home that is remarkably liveable and sustainable.

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Award for House Alteration and Addition over 200m2 supported by Haymes.


Virginia Kerridge Architect
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Project Team
Virginia Kerridge, Bettina Steffens
Builder Sandlik Constructions
Engineer SDA Structures
Landscape Jimmy Jones
Lighting LPA Lighting Sydney
Site Details
Location Sydney,  NSW,  Australia
Project Details
Status Built
Category Residential
Type Adaptive re-use, Alts and adds, New houses



Published online: 25 Jul 2013
Images: Michael Nicholson


Houses, August 2013

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