The Chimney House, Sydney
The Chimney House, Sydney, Australië: Winner Architizer A+ Award 2020 category Concepts – Plus-Architecture + Living Small
Conceived as a sculptural entity, Chimney House is as much a project for the client as it is a shared experience for the neighbourhood. A vacant block of land adjacent a heritage-listed inner-city terrace offered an opportunity to extend the existing home and create a fluid gallery-like interior for the client’s extensive art collection. The ‘jigsawing’ of two dwellings into one volume on a compact footprint enabled on-site parking with a self-contained apartment aloft, all concealed behind a custom perforated bronze façade.
At the property’s rear, its form retains and responds to the pigeon-paired elevations. Taking advantage of the double-width site, the intertwined planning disrupts the traditional linear spatial sequencing of a terrace, introducing an opportunity to insert a generously wide courtyard to capture natural light via oversized glass pivot doors framing two paved areas.
Within, a curved central stair hall replaces an impractical steep stair, bringing an unexpected scale and organic theatre to the interiors. A bold diagonal graphic floor graphic is carried through several rooms and unites them with a continuous pattern, granting the illusion of expanding space (a motif subtly integrated upon the garage door). The house, while compact, feels surprisingly spacious, delivering the client effortless living.
Photography: Tom Ferguson Photography
Attractive living with designer doors
More projects and realisations
Profile range: Janisol HI walls, Janisol Sliding door
Execution: Zuid-Nederlandse Ramenfabriek
Profile range: Art 15 windows
Architect: Piercy & Company
Execution: IQ Metal
Profile range: Janisol Arte windows, VISS roof glazing
Architect: Dok architecten
Execution: M.C. Kersten BV Amsterdam