2020 Houses Awards: House Alteration and Addition under 200m2

Bismarck House by Andrew Burges Architects

Jury comment

The mastery of Bismarck House, located on a corner block in a Bondi laneway, lies in its civic generosity to the urban margin. In crafting this extension to the rear of a typical semi-detached dwelling, Andrew Burges Architects has sought active engagement with the public realm that, in turn, brings the domestic life of the house into direct relation with the energy and materiality of its laneway context.

The salvaged brick boundary wall is articulated with amenity and civility, undulating to soften the streetscape and to create new thresholds into the site. As part of the elevation’s mise en scène, the kitchen window opens directly into the lane, anticipating serendipitous social interaction with passersby – an important and urbane connection that is so often avoided in tight metropolitan sites.

An ingenious shift in the geometric language of the plan establishes a series of roof gardens and light courts. This nuanced spatial realignment affords privacy while bringing natural light from above deep into the plan. The elongation of the landscaped pockets across the site delightfully extends the experience of the garden throughout the entire length of the house, and generously shares its life with the street.

The Award for House Alteration and Addition under 200m² is supported by Bosch. See full image galleries of all the winning and shortlisted projects here.


Andrew Burges Architects
Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Project Team
Andrew Burges, Min Dark, Eric Ye, Peter Ewald-Rice, Charles Choi
Builder Robert Plumb Build
Engineer E2 Civil and Structural Design
Interiors Karen McCartney and David Harrison, Design Daily
Landscape design William Dangar, Dangar Barin Smith
Steel fabrication Marco Steel
Steel windows and doors City Scape Steel
Timber joinery Cranbrook Workshop
Site Details
Location Bondi,  Sydney,  NSW,  Australia
Site type Suburban
Project Details
Status Built
Completion date 2019
Category Residential
Type Alts and adds



Published online: 31 Jul 2020
Words: 2020 Houses Awards Jury
Images: Peter Bennetts, Prue Ruscoe


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