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The Dalmeny / Enter Projects

  • 01:00 - 9 August, 2014
The Dalmeny / Enter Projects
© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

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  • Design Director

    Patrick Keane
  • Senior Designer

    Johanna Doerfel
  • Engineer

    Martin Zimmerman
  • Design Team

    William Tyler Zembrodt, Noor ElGewely, Quoc Uong
  • Builder

    William Keeler
  • Carpentry

    Chris Lain Construction
  • Roofing

    Bullnose Roofing
  • Wall Treatments

    Robert Mackenzie Internal Finishes
  • Lighting

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  • Steel Work

    Steve Bain
  • Furniture & Styling

    Kos Kela
© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

Text description provided by the architects. At 7m tall and 9.5m wide, this addition to a federation period style home took only months to complete. The abundant natural light that shines through its wide glass entrance enhances the urban chic vibe from its bright white and green interior.

The Dalmeny is made entirely with natural materials; a shack meet tech-science hybrid solution to the generic suburban environment.

The Dalmeny  / Enter Projects, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

An inspiration from the iconic Australian shack, with a corrugated iron exterior, The Dalmeny is nothing short of an architectural trendsetter. Our goal was to reinterpret the old the shack/suburban house, with a fresh and stylish upgrade. The homes' design is suited to the modern young family. Open plan, homework on kitchen island ipads and ambient music; replace the suburban scenes of 50yrs ago of segmented rooms and dark kitchens.


Various forms of digital technology were used to conceptualize and develop the thought-provoking combination shown. The design incorporates ambient cove lighting, tracery steel work and benefits from natural heating and cooling.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

As you move from the original house, a series of corrugated metal bands mold the form radiating out into the yard, giving the structure a giant accordion like appearance. The ‘accordion’ was produced using laser-cutting machines used to create the unequal pieces meant for a boat hull. The addition extends the existing roof pitch towards the rear of the site, creating a new living area, kitchen and mezzanine level master ensuite.


The Dalmeny is a zen and more human alternative to modern box architecture, creating the feeling of stepping into a organic tech-fresh world. The "tech-shack" is a warm and friendly upgrade any suburban house could use.

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Cite: "The Dalmeny / Enter Projects" 09 Aug 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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