In this modest but ambitious project, the architect has used a light touch to maintain and enhance a house already well loved by its owners. A series of courtyard gardens is integral to and indivisible from the interior, with each room in the house opening to or overlooking a densely planted external space.
Lightweight pergolas provide shade and privacy from overlooking to the rear courtyard, while the hit-and-miss recycled brick screen wall around the first-floor bathroom courtyard provides privacy, shade, cooling and outlook. The re-use of salvaged bricks from the demolition of the original rear wing, for both paving and new walls, provides a robust and maintenance-free structure intended to be completely absorbed by the lush and dense planting over time.
This project demonstrates minimal intervention for maximum outcome. It is a delightful and sustainable outdoor space achieved with an economy of means, and it provides a perceived distancing from its neighbours that is rare in such a high-density inner-city location.
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Award for Outdoor is supported by Artemide.
Products and materials
- Corrugated galvanized roof sheet; custom galvanized rainwater goods
- External walls
- Recycled bricks from The Brick Pit
- Internal walls
- Recycled bricks from The Brick Pit finished with Porter’s Original Lime Wash
- Custom steel windows in Dulux Ferrodor
- Custom solid timber doors; Zodiac unlacquered brass hardware
- Recycled timber floorboards with Synteko finish
- Reggiani Yori spotlight from Euroluce
- Lacanche oven and cooktop; Miele integrated fridge and dishwasher; Franke undermount sinks; Vola tapware in unlacquered brass; terrazzo benchtop
- Duravit Happy D basin and toilet; Vola accessories and tapware in unlacquered brass; Brodware showerhead in unlacquered brass; bath from Antique Baths Sydney; Carrara marble vanity
- Heating and cooling
- Hydronic heating
- Anthony Gill Architects
Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Project Team
- Anthony Gill, Isabell Adam, Luisa Campos
- Garden design
- Budwise Garden Design
Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Site details
Site area 125 m2
Building area 150 m2
- Project Details
Completion date 2016
Design, documentation 12 months
Construction 8 months
Published online: 4 Aug 2017
Images: Peter Bennetts
Houses, August 2017