A Terrace Home’s Corrugated Steel Addition Hides Surprisingly Elegant Interiors

White finishes, warm wood built-ins, and a sinuous spiral stair create a refined feel inside the metal-clad extension.

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Project Details:

Architect: Goodwin Scarfone Belgiorno-Nettis / @gsbn_studio

Location: Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia

Year: 2022

Footprint: 1,280 square feet

Photographer: Katherine Lu / @_katlu

From the Architect: "A two-story terrace house addition sought to transform something familiar into a captivating architectural hybrid. An unsuspecting terrace house presents to the street, while a shiny silver volume plays peek-a-boo with the rear lane. Designed for a growing young family, Silver Back is a haven in the vibrant suburb of Marrickville.

"Inspired by the raw, tactical nature of exposed materials, the home celebrates a functional approach to design. Reminiscent of rural Australian architecture, the addition is clad entirely in corrugated sheet metal. The new metal box contrasts its neighbors, and conceals a warm, open interior with a spiral stair that stitches the old with the new.

"Subtle curves spun from the spiral form a new entry procession that squeezes between the courtyard and bathroom before entering the combined kitchen and dining area. Warm boxwood joinery flanks both sides of the space with a concrete floor set down to meet the porous pavers outside.

"Upstairs the curves continue around a built-in bath and within the primary bedroom. Together with the natural hues of tiles, joinery, and sisal flooring, the softness of the interior juxtaposes the otherwise harsh, protective exterior cladding.

"Silver Back is a curious piece of architecture that has brought a new spirit to the dominant laneway typology. It exhibits how simple interventions can transform existing structures to suit the ever-changing needs of new occupants. Strategic moves in form and materiality work together to create an inspired home for the family and community alike."

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