Super Sydney: 5 Modern Houses Down Under

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July 20, 2013
Skip the Sydney Opera House and click through these five amazing abodes in Australia's biggest city.
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  Inspired by tansu chests and raw materials that show patina, Sydney-based architects John Wilkin and Susanne Pini renovated their own amazing home in the Sydney suburb of Annandale—very slowly.  Courtesy of: Vang@taverne-agency.com

    Inspired by tansu chests and raw materials that show patina, Sydney-based architects John Wilkin and Susanne Pini renovated their own amazing home in the Sydney suburb of Annandale—very slowly.

    Courtesy of: Vang@taverne-agency.com

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  Within the mix of warehouses, detached brick bungalows, and dusty pubs of the Sydney suburb of Alexandria, local architect David Langston-Jones has built an intricate and finely textured duplex that’s one part speculative development, one part home for the owner and architect. Photo by: Richard Powers.  Photo by: Nick BowersCourtesy of: Nick Bowers

    Within the mix of warehouses, detached brick bungalows, and dusty pubs of the Sydney suburb of Alexandria, local architect David Langston-Jones has built an intricate and finely textured duplex that’s one part speculative development, one part home for the owner and architect. Photo by: Richard Powers.

    Photo by: Nick Bowers

    Courtesy of: Nick Bowers

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  In Sydney’s cramped beachside suburbia, architect Steve Kennedy defied a small footprint and a terrible drought with a generous double-height extension and a cutting-edge custom-made water-filtration system. Photo by: Richard Powers   Photo by: Richard Powers

    In Sydney’s cramped beachside suburbia, architect Steve Kennedy defied a small footprint and a terrible drought with a generous double-height extension and a cutting-edge custom-made water-filtration system. Photo by: Richard Powers

     

    Photo by: Richard Powers

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  In the Sydney neighborhood of Rozelle, architect Christopher Polly has renovated a house with green design in mind. By opening up the plan, adding floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls to the rear of the house, deftly organizing windows, and repurposing elements of the original building, Polly has created a structure that's attuned to its environment.
    In the Sydney neighborhood of Rozelle, architect Christopher Polly has renovated a house with green design in mind. By opening up the plan, adding floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls to the rear of the house, deftly organizing windows, and repurposing elements of the original building, Polly has created a structure that's attuned to its environment.
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  Utterly dynamic, this house on an urban peninsula in Sydney is rich with inventive and thoughtfully considered spaces. Walls become windows and screens slide shut to repel (or entice) the changing weather. Photo by: Roger D'Souza  Photo by: Roger D'Souza

    Utterly dynamic, this house on an urban peninsula in Sydney is rich with inventive and thoughtfully considered spaces. Walls become windows and screens slide shut to repel (or entice) the changing weather. Photo by: Roger D'Souza

    Photo by: Roger D'Souza

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