A crafted volume is carefully connected to the retained and refashioned rear of an original 1960’s yellow brick envelope to enact clear planning, cost and environmental values in an articulated binary composition - a cellular and private front to the street, with an open and public rear that expands to its landscape setting. The owners, a young couple, moved from Melbourne to embrace a beach lifestyle on the southern fringes of Sydney and commissioned a transformation to their home to accommodate their way of living with Ian, their energetic kelpie.

The original bungalow allows the cultural value of its suburban type to be preserved within its locality, while also supporting environmental and budget outcomes. Its interior carefully configures a program of bedrooms and service spaces, with vaulted skylights carved within the original roof expanding several spaces to light and sky. A sharply folding intermediary form spatially unlocks a compressed front hall while allowing the location of interstitial courtyards for light, ventilation and multiple aspects at the centre of the plan - in turn promoting an interplay of private and public rooms across front and rear zones.

The two-storey pavilion provides a volumetrically expansive double-height living area, and serves as a generously proportioned ‘garden room’ with large apertures capturing sky and landscape views. Its stair element extends the established circulation condition from the original front entry, while marking a loose threshold for the arrangement of two smaller rooms at one end of its volume - a ground level kitchen and a flexible upper floor sitting room that is adaptable as a bedroom or future study. It provides additional room for the owners to grow into, achieves improved privacy from neighbours and provides desired transparency for unfettered spatial relationships within its volume and across its two parts for strengthened connections to its place.

It employs an approach which enables strong visual connections to the existing brick character from within the new pavilion and creates a dichotomy of two differing material characters at either end within the new volume - while its binary play of considered honey and grey tones strongly reference the exterior yellow brick and grey metal of the two distinct structures. Glazing expanses harness natural light and promote passive cooling and heating, while external retractable blinds temper direct sunlight when required. A northern blade screen and a pinched-in rear profile enable greater solar access onto the generous thermal mass of a concrete wall and ground floor slab - with a cantilevered terrace edge and sculpted step element doubling as seats for enjoyment of the garden.


Project Information:

Location: Woolooware, Sydney, Australia

Architect: Christopher Polly Architect

Interiors: Christopher Polly Architect

Structural Engineer: SDA Structures

Hydraulic Consultant: ACOR Consultants

Landscape: Fig Landscapes

Surveyor: Junek & Junek

Builder: Owner

Photography: Brett Boardman Photography

Project Data:
Bedrooms: 3 + 1 guest/study

Bathrooms: 2

Land Size: 786 sq metres (8460 sq feet)

Total Floor Area: 182 sq metres (1959 sq feet)

Terrace & Front Porch Areas: 38 sq metres (409 sq feet)

Construction: 3 years, 3 months

Completion: 2018

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Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Siding Material, Butterfly RoofLine, and Metal Roof Material. The rear pavilion conceived as an expansive new-build has been sensitively connected to the front of the original dwelling. Photo  of Binary HouseView Photos

The rear pavilion conceived as an expansive new-build has been sensitively connected to the front of the original dwelling.

Modern home with House Building Type, Living Room, Pendant Lighting, Concrete Floor, Sofa, Chair, Media Cabinet, and Rug Floor. A volumetrically expansive double-height living area serves as a generously proportioned "garden room," capturing vast sky and landscape views. Photo 2 of Binary HouseView Photos

A volumetrically expansive double-height living area serves as a generously proportioned "garden room," capturing vast sky and landscape views.

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Pendant Lighting, End Tables, Concrete Floor, and Rug Floor. A look at the living areas with two smaller rooms crafted at one end of the pavilion volume—a ground-level kitchen and an upper-floor sitting room, which can be easily adapted as a bedroom and/or study. Photo 3 of Binary HouseView Photos

A look at the living areas with two smaller rooms crafted at one end of the pavilion volume—a ground-level kitchen and an upper-floor sitting room, which can be easily adapted as a bedroom and/or study.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Metal Siding Material, and Butterfly RoofLine. A peek at the northern interior-to-exterior connections via a covered terrace with its cantilevered edge and sculpted step element, doubling as seats for enjoyment of the garden. Photo 4 of Binary HouseView Photos

A peek at the northern interior-to-exterior connections via a covered terrace with its cantilevered edge and sculpted step element, doubling as seats for enjoyment of the garden.

Modern home with Kitchen, Engineered Quartz Counter, Ceiling Lighting, Concrete Floor, Undermount Sink, and Wood Cabinet. The reformed rear of the original dwelling as backdrop. With interstitial garden courts on either side offering light and ventilation at the centre, this space also encourages spatial interplay of public and private rooms. Photo 5 of Binary HouseView Photos

The reformed rear of the original dwelling as backdrop. With interstitial garden courts on either side offering light and ventilation at the centre, this space also encourages spatial interplay of public and private rooms.

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Tread, and Wood Railing. A stair element extends the circulation condition at the end of the hall where the front cellular rooms expand into new rear interior spaces Photo 6 of Binary HouseView Photos

A stair element extends the circulation condition at the end of the hall where the front cellular rooms expand into new rear interior spaces

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Metal Siding Material, and Butterfly RoofLine. Wall, roof, and floor planes extend the envelope at the rear to form a covered terrace, which also improves privacy from adjacent neighbors and strengthens connection to the home's external environment. Photo 7 of Binary HouseView Photos

Wall, roof, and floor planes extend the envelope at the rear to form a covered terrace, which also improves privacy from adjacent neighbors and strengthens connection to the home's external environment.

Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, Metal Siding Material, House Building Type, Butterfly RoofLine, and Concrete Siding Material. A look at the interior-to-exterior connections across a concrete terrace to the landscaped rear. Photo 8 of Binary HouseView Photos

A look at the interior-to-exterior connections across a concrete terrace to the landscaped rear.

Modern home with Outdoor, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, Metal Fences, Wall, Side Yard, Shower Pools, Tubs, Shower, Walkways, and Vertical Fences, Wall. The northern courtyard provides a secondary entry, as well as an outdoor shower. Photo 9 of Binary HouseView Photos

The northern courtyard provides a secondary entry, as well as an outdoor shower.

Modern home with Living Room, Pendant Lighting, Concrete Floor, End Tables, Sofa, Ottomans, Chair, Shelves, Coffee Tables, Media Cabinet, and Rug Floor. Here, you can see the spatial interplay of private and public rooms across the plan from the main bathroom through the pavilion to the landscaped setting beyond. Photo 10 of Binary HouseView Photos

Here, you can see the spatial interplay of private and public rooms across the plan from the main bathroom through the pavilion to the landscaped setting beyond.

A look at the  interface between old and new through the original yellow-brick dwelling. Photo 11 of Binary House modern homeView Photos

A look at the interface between old and new through the original yellow-brick dwelling.

Modern home with Kitchen, Concrete Floor, Wood Cabinet, Ceiling Lighting, Engineered Quartz Counter, and Undermount Sink. A kitchen view and its connection to the rear terrace and landscape beyond Photo 12 of Binary HouseView Photos

A kitchen view and its connection to the rear terrace and landscape beyond

Here is the main bathroom located at the rear of the original dwelling's footprint. This area boasts an acrylic render finish to the walls, as well as a vaulted skylight that has been carved within the original roof. Photo 13 of Binary House modern homeView Photos

Here is the main bathroom located at the rear of the original dwelling's footprint. This area boasts an acrylic render finish to the walls, as well as a vaulted skylight that has been carved within the original roof.

Modern home with Ceiling Lighting. The ensuite bathroom located towards the front of the original dwelling’s footprint Photo 14 of Binary HouseView Photos

The ensuite bathroom located towards the front of the original dwelling’s footprint

Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, House Building Type, and Metal Siding Material. A large blade screen provides privacy to the rear terrace from an adjacent neighbour Photo 15 of Binary HouseView Photos

A large blade screen provides privacy to the rear terrace from an adjacent neighbour

Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Cabinet, Engineered Quartz Counter, Concrete Floor, Ceiling Lighting, and Undermount Sink. A secondary entry from the northern courtyard into the kitchen with sightlines enabled via an open riser stair across the link towards the front dwelling Photo 16 of Binary HouseView Photos

A secondary entry from the northern courtyard into the kitchen with sightlines enabled via an open riser stair across the link towards the front dwelling

Modern home with Living Room, Concrete Floor, Chair, End Tables, Ottomans, and Shelves. Concealed internal retractable insect screens and external roller blinds are housed within fabricated steel head beams, which work in confluence with blinds concealed in upper soffit pockets to temper direct sunlight when required Photo 17 of Binary HouseView Photos

Concealed internal retractable insect screens and external roller blinds are housed within fabricated steel head beams, which work in confluence with blinds concealed in upper soffit pockets to temper direct sunlight when required

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, and Pendant Lighting. An upper floor interior view at one of the pavilion towards the double-height living area at the other end Photo 18 of Binary HouseView Photos

An upper floor interior view at one of the pavilion towards the double-height living area at the other end

Modern home with Living Room, Concrete Floor, Chair, Pendant Lighting, End Tables, Shelves, and Sofa. Overall living area with dual aspects and connections to an interstitial garden court and rear landscaped yard beyond its concrete terrace Photo 19 of Binary HouseView Photos

Overall living area with dual aspects and connections to an interstitial garden court and rear landscaped yard beyond its concrete terrace

Modern home with Pendant Lighting. An oversized geometric pendant is expertly matched to the wall behind the bed for a simple, cohesive, and impactful look.    Photo 20 of Binary HouseView Photos

An oversized geometric pendant is expertly matched to the wall behind the bed for a simple, cohesive, and impactful look.

Architect
  • Christopher Polly Architect
Landscape Design
  • Fig Landscapes
Builder
Photographer
Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2018
  • Square Feet
  • 1959
  • Lot Size
  • 8460