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The Garden Room / Welsh+Major

  • 01:00 - 25 July, 2014
The Garden Room / Welsh+Major
The Garden Room / Welsh+Major, © Brett Boardman
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  • Project Team

    Chris Major, David Welsh, Steven Sheridan
  • Builder

    Davden Enterprises
  • Garden Designer

    Peter Fudge Design
  • Structural Engineers

    Birzulis Associates
  • Hydraulic Engineers

    Henry & Hymas
  • Arborist

    Robert Hannan
  • Awards

    2014 NSW AIA Architecture Award for Small Projects
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© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

Text description provided by the architects. The Garden Project transforms the site of a late Victorian home in inner-city Sydney into a garden oasis. Taking a stand-alone underused garden, Welsh+Major have designed a flexible series of indoor and outdoor spaces, integrating the house with its surroundings.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

The project is conceived with the garden at its centre. The flexible “garden room” is designed to blur the boundaries between garden and architecture. It bookends a lush central garden space with the garden flowing around and through the structure. It is a quiet room, entertaining space or extra accommodation.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

The built forms sit low within the site, wrapping around existing trees and folding down to the boundary. A modulated concrete roofline lifts the gaze to district views beyond. The roof folds and floats, playing with ideas of enclosure and lightness; solidity and transparency. Internal spaces are permeable, defined by floor and ceiling planes rather than walls. Robust materials used in the new work are designed to take on the patina of the garden itself in time.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

The garden is loosely structured and designed to occupy, rather than edge, the yard. Small outdoor areas around the house and the garden room are reclaimed as both living spaces and green backdrops. The garden connects the spaces and forms around and within it - integrating the site and linking the house to its surroundings.

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Cite: "The Garden Room / Welsh+Major" 25 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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