The Narrow House

Cottage Point, New South Wales, Australia
Location
  • Cottage Point, New South Wales, Australia
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Square Feet
  • 1463
  • Lot Size
  • 2529
  • Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • This project page was created by community member Emma Viljoen- Holmes

    Designed and built on the smallest plot in Sydney’s smallest suburb ‘The Narrow House’ aimed to provide a smart response to a constrained site, just six meters wide.

    The dwelling is only four meters wide and spans over four levels.

    In the context of its waterfront location on the street resembles contemporary boatshed, which unfolds gracefully down the steep site, capturing light and space.

    The concept for this house was one of a contemporary boatshed which presented as such on the streetscape in materiality and form. Upon entry it surprises - it organises space in a playful manner to showcase how a narrow shell can feel spacious and light internally.

    Surrounded by Ku-ring-gai National Park the form embraces the magnificent natural environment, drawing the outside in and while minimising overshadowing impacts to neighbouring properties.

    The building is lightly balanced on its steel and concrete piers as it unfolds down the site. A rhythm of pitched roofs establish the form which frame the views to Coal and Candle creek from each of the four levels.

    Clad with quintessentially Australian materials of corrugated metal and weatherboard and an interior palette of black, textured white and native timber, the home has a contemporary yet grounded feel, appropriate in the context.

    Street Elevation

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    Site Plan

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    Level 3 and Level 4 Plan

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    Long Section

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    Level 1 and Level 2 Plan

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    Creek elevation

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    The 'heart'of the home

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    The kitchen

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    Dining/ Living with a view

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    Pop out window detail

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    'Secret' doors in wall panelling to bathroom and bedroom

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    Entry bridge to Mezzanine Level

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    The Parents Retreat

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    View and deck from main bedroom - Parents Retreat

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    Round on round

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    The end of a day

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    Posted By
    Emma Viljoen- Holmes
    @emmaviljoenholmes
    Passionate about authentic residential design. Project One - The Narrow House now complete.
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