Collection by Diana Budds

An Airy Renovation in Sydney


In the Sydney, Australia, 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 structure, Polly has created a residence that's attuned to its environment. Here, we call out the project's key design moves, architectural elements, and furnishings.

The rear of the Chistopher Polly-designed Elliott Ripper house shows the most impactful design moves: Windows that...
The open-plan, double-height kitchen/living/dining area makes the most of the house's 1,700 square feet.
Here's a view from the kitchen looking through the opened sliding glass walls toward the backyard.
According to Polly, the finished renovation consists of a "significantly expanded series of connected interior volumes...
Skylights help to increase views and natural light.
The master bedroom.
The bathroom features a wall-hung sink and toilet by Ideal Standard.
The towel warmers are by Hydrotherm and the shower fixture is Hansgrohe.
The upstairs family room leads to an expansive deck.
The street-facing facade is relatively unchanged except for the new black paint and white accents.