Black Pivot Doors Frame Views of This Australian Home’s Verdant Garden

Black Pivot Doors Frame Views of This Australian Home’s Verdant Garden

By Tess Holland
With seamless transitions to the outside and a spacious open floor plan, this renovated house gets some airy upgrades.

In Luis Gomez-Siu’s renovation of this semi-detached house in Vaucluse, Australia, the Sydney-based architect aimed to fulfill his client’s desire for a strong indoor/outdoor connection. With the addition of an easily accessible garden comprised of lush greenery, Gomez-Siu’s plan delivered on that promise. 

On the key to his design the architect shares: "by demolishing the existing flat ceiling and opening up the rear facade of the house [with] pivot doors" the design offered framed views of the home’s new landscaped garden, and also inspired the project’s name: Framed House. What’s more, these two interventions presented the open-plan interior with higher ceilings, a greater sense of spaciousness, and a breezy transition to the outside. 

While working on the project, Gomez-Siu kept environmental considerations in mind by "minimizing waste where possible," he explains. Although the gardens replaced an expansive pool, the structure was retained on-site, being buried beneath the new lawn. The pool was also filled with "additional site demolition waste, which contributed to minimizing landfill off-site," Gomez-Siu notes. 

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Another highlight of the home is the updated ground floor bathroom, which was converted from a bedroom. The space retains traditional details— as the client requested—yet is revived by delicate porcelain tiles and new custom finishes. 

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Project Credits:

Architect of Record: Luis Gomez-Siu Design Studio / @luisgomezsiu

Builder of Record: Yakka Build

Structural Engineer of Record: SDA Structures / @sdastructures

Landscape Designer of Record: Wyer & Co / @wyerandco

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