Turramurra Threads House / Benn & Penna Architecture

Turramurra Threads House / Benn & Penna Architecture

Turramurra Threads House / Benn & Penna Architecture - Exterior Photography, Garden, CourtyardTurramurra Threads House / Benn & Penna Architecture - Interior Photography, Table, ChairTurramurra Threads House / Benn & Penna Architecture - Interior Photography, Living Room, Table, ChairTurramurra Threads House / Benn & Penna Architecture - Exterior PhotographyTurramurra Threads House / Benn & Penna Architecture - More Images+ 14

Turramurra, Australia
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Turramurra Threads House / Benn & Penna Architecture - Exterior Photography, Garden
© Katherine Lu

Text description provided by the architects. Located in Turramurra NSW, amidst a plethora of existing heritage residences, Turramurra Threads sees the revitalization of an existing Victorian cottage into a contemporary, yet considerate family home. The original street-facing facade was repaired, with only a glimpse of the two new contemporary rear pavilions offered from the street.

Turramurra Threads House / Benn & Penna Architecture - Interior Photography, Table, Chair
© Katherine Lu
Turramurra Threads House / Benn & Penna Architecture - Image 16 of 19
Site Plan

The original single-level cottage was disconnected from its rear sloping garden, which as a result was poorly utilized. Now, nestled into the landscape on which it sits, a series of living platforms step down the gently sloping site, containing activities that ‘peer’ over each other and celebrate the natural surroundings.

Turramurra Threads House / Benn & Penna Architecture - Interior Photography, Living Room, Table, Chair
© Katherine Lu
Turramurra Threads House / Benn & Penna Architecture - Interior Photography, Column, Arcade
© Tom Ferguson

A pair of arches, one existing and one new frame the points of entry to each zone. The central living and kitchen area is nestled between the courtyard and garden, below the bedrooms, and above the lower deck and pool area, creating a central catchment for the young family. A ‘services wall’ including the kitchen, pantry, and laundry defines the southern side of the living area, whilst a deep awning, high ceilings, and a battened screen protect the interior from the western sun. Basking in a calm atmosphere and plenty of natural amenities, the central courtyard linking old and new invites diffused light and easterly breezes through the space.

Turramurra Threads House / Benn & Penna Architecture - Interior Photography, Facade
© Katherine Lu
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Axonometric View
Turramurra Threads House / Benn & Penna Architecture - Exterior Photography, Garden, Courtyard
© Katherine Lu

In the rear yard, entertaining platforms are connected by an angled set of stone steps, which guide the occupants around the existing jacaranda tree. This sense of movement is reinforced in the projects’ finishes. The interior palette pairs neutral tones with a soft sense of rhythm, in the linear lines of the new floorboards, lining boards, and batten screens. Soft light entering from the western-facing doors, north-east-facing courtyard, and south-facing skylight allow for a spectrum of light to play on the subtle textures over the course of the day.

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Cite: "Turramurra Threads House / Benn & Penna Architecture" 07 Nov 2022. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/991808/turramurra-threads-house-benn-and-penna-architecture> ISSN 0719-8884

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