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Balmain House / Fox Johnston

  • 01:00 - 10 August, 2013
Balmain House / Fox Johnston
Balmain House / Fox Johnston, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia
  • Builder

    Owner Builder
  • Structural Engineer

    Partridge & Partners
  • Planner

    Warren Long
  • Hydraulic Engineer

  • Area

    360.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

Text description provided by the architects. This house is designed to provide simple, functional, generous, private and light-filled living spaces for a young family, within the constraints of a small inner city block sandwiched between 14 adjacent properties.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

The 241-square metre north facing site, an elevated triangle, required particularly sensitive handling of height, volumes, overshadowing to maintain neighbours’ sunlight, privacy and views.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

Our central idea was to wrap the original workers’ cottage with a continuous series of indoor and outdoor spaces, creating a dialogue between exterior and interiors, and letting light back into the deepest part of the house.

Our other central concern was to maximize the family’s privacy and sense of space/outlook, without compromising the privacy of the multiple surrounding neighbours.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

Spatially, we have used every single metre of the block to maximum advantage, setting up a dialogue between the garden space and the interior living areas to create the illusion of a bigger site.  Each downstairs living room – interior and exterior - ‘borrows’ space from the other, to maximize volume, light and air.

Floating above the ground plane is a sculpted, faceted timber volume containing the main bedroom, ensuite, library/gallery and study.  The upstairs spaces have been carefully shaped and designed to preserve neighbouring views and sunshine, to open the house to sunlight and natural ventilation, and to provide views to garden vistas and the surrounding snippet harbour and Anzac Bridge views.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

The material palette is simple, natural and textural with sustainability and reducing energy useage key considerations. A natural ventilation system is provided in the new house, using a temperature controlled extractor fan over the central void. This void also has large sashless windows that enable all the heat to be quickly expelled from the house on hot summer evenings.  The house is serviced by a hydronic heating system that runs the hot water through the slab in the new section and into traditional radiators in the renovated existing cottage.

First & Roof Floor Plan
First & Roof Floor Plan

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Cite: "Balmain House / Fox Johnston" 10 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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