Ross Honeysett ©Completed
The project consists of alterations and additions to an existing inner-city two-storey Victorian terrace house
built on an exceptionally long and narrow site (ratio 1:8.5). The client's brief w...
built on an exceptionally long and narrow site (ratio 1:8.5). The client's brief was to design a new four bedroom residence by refurbishing the original two storey terrace and demolishing a shamble of fibro and
corrugated metal clad lean-tos, and an enormous metal shed which was formerly used as Christmas
decorations factory. The heavily shaded site gave the opportunity to explore the use of glazed elements differently. Inverting normal conventions, opening windows are solid panels and walls are clear glass, providing a visual connection to the courtyards. Sun-controlled skylights along the southern edge of the house (above the main living areas) capture daylight throughout the year. The glazed gallery hallway beside the main courtyard captures the winter sun and becomes a radiant heat sink for the rest of the house. The selection of materials and finishes for the project were influenced by the strong presence of the Piano Factory brick wall. Existing painted masonry was stripped back to expose sandstock brickwork and compressed fibre cement sheet cladding was left raw. New ashlar render is also left unpainted, metal roof sheeting is galvanised and left to weather and patina with age. Steelwork is painted an ox-blood red colour, reminiscent of raw steelwork primer but also referencing a heritage palette. Bricks from the demolition works were re-used for the new herringbone paved driveway. The project has provided an opportunity to explore an alternative model for updating the inner city two storey terrace house. The constraints and opportunities provided by the site, the brief and council planning controls have generated a unique house which has a deep connection to its site and is ultimately a very functional and comfortable home.