Collection by Diana Budds

A Renovated House in Australia


For a renovation located in Glebe—an inner-city suburb of Sydney, Australia—Carterwilliamson Architects took an environmentally friendly tack. "We believe that 'fit' buildings, buildings that are not big, but ‘big enough’ and flexible enough to accommodate changing lifestyles and that minimize spatial, material, and energy wastage are one of the biggest contributions we as architects can make towards a more sustainable future," says firm principal Shaun Carter. To that end, they repurposed an existing structure, relying on passive heating and cooling principles and natural daylight to guide the project.

Australian firm Carterwilliamson Architects converted a 19th-century cow shed into a residence that implements passive...
A sliding glass wall separates the dining room from the small backyard.
A band of clerestory windows illuminates the interior.
The archtiects placed a bedroom on the mezzanine level above the dining room.
Exposed ceiling rafters add warmth to the stone-and-brick building.
The architects designed the sloping roofline due to the existing jacaranda tree on the lot.
The kids' room features a playful hammock.
Vibrant green tile adds punch to the bathroom.

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