The Chimney House, Sydney

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.

Completed 2018

Photography: Tom Ferguson Photography

Profile range: Art 15 doors
Architect: Atelier DAU (Emma Rees-Raaijmakers & Suzanne Green)
Execution: Award Architectural Aluminium, Sydney
The Chimney House, Sydney
The Chimney House, Sydney
The Chimney House, Sydney

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