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Pitched Roof House / Chenchow Little

  • Architects: Chenchow Little
  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Architect: Chenchow Little
  • Project Team: Tony Chenchow, Stephanie Little, Janice Chenchow,Renn Holland, Angela Rowson
  • Structural Engineer: Damian Hadley – Simpson Design Associates
  • Hydraulic Engineer: Damien Schaefer – TJ Taylor Consultants Pty Ltd
  • Builder: Tecorp Constructions Pty Ltd
  • Area: 712.0 sqm
  • Photographs: John Gollings

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From the architect. The Pitched Roof House evolved from a strict interpretation of planning codes that require new houses to have pitched roofs. The new house reinterprets the traditional pitched room. Unlike a traditional pitched roof, the triangles not only pitch up, but also invert to form a faceted roof plane. 

© John Gollings
© John Gollings

The triangular geometry of the roof is continued down onto the facades of the house, and became the basis for articulating openings. The variability of the triangular geometry gave us the freedom to push and pull the building form as required to suit the brief of the client, the local town planning codes, the scale of the neighbouring roofs, and the requirement for solar access to the living rooms. 

© John Gollings
© John Gollings

The living rooms are located on the top floor to take advantage of the sculptural roof plane, the views across Sydney harbour, and sunlight. Bedrooms are located on the lower levels were outlook and solar access are compromised by neighbouring houses.

© John Gollings
© John Gollings
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