Text description provided by the architects. The site is located on a busy intersection in a heritage conservation area of Woollahra.
The brief was to add a 2 bedroom residence with an entrance separate from the existing showroom. Special considerations included the requirements to minimise noise from Ocean Street and maintain visual privacy within their home.
The architectural response was to minimise the effects of scale and bulk on the site by articulating the lower two floors in masonry and housing the third floor within a copper clad roof. The resultant form is compatible with the general bulk, scale and subdivision patterns of the terraces to the north and east of the site along Ocean Street.
The arrangement of spaces is located toward the western boundary to reduce the impacts of noise from Ocean Street.
The combination of thermal mass and with levels of roof and wall insulation, solar screening and cross ventilation contributes to a environmentally appropriate design. The material selection and detailing were determined taking into account long life and low maintenance objectives.
The Queen Street Residence demonstrates that high levels of residential amenity can be achieved on small lots with hostile environmental characteristics from adjacent road conditions.