The Narrow House

Cottage Point, New South Wales, Australia
Architect
  • Emma Holmes Design
Interior Design
  • Emma Holmes Design
Landscape Design
  • Emma Holmes Design
Builder
  • Chase Peojects
Photographer
  • Kate Holmes Photographer
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
  • 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.

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    Street Elevation Photo  of The Narrow House modern home

    Street Elevation

    Site Plan Photo 2 of The Narrow House modern home

    Site Plan

    Level 3 and Level 4 Plan Photo 3 of The Narrow House modern home

    Level 3 and Level 4 Plan

    Long Section Photo 4 of The Narrow House modern home

    Long Section

    Level 1 and Level 2 Plan Photo 5 of The Narrow House modern home

    Level 1 and Level 2 Plan

    Creek elevation Photo 6 of The Narrow House modern home

    Creek elevation

    The 'heart'of the home Photo 7 of The Narrow House modern home

    The 'heart'of the home

    The kitchen Photo 8 of The Narrow House modern home

    The kitchen

    Dining/ Living with a view Photo 9 of The Narrow House modern home

    Dining/ Living with a view

    Pop out window detail Photo 10 of The Narrow House modern home

    Pop out window detail

    'Secret' doors in wall panelling to bathroom and bedroom Photo 11 of The Narrow House modern home

    'Secret' doors in wall panelling to bathroom and bedroom

    Entry bridge to Mezzanine Level Photo 12 of The Narrow House modern home

    Entry bridge to Mezzanine Level

    The Parents Retreat Photo 13 of The Narrow House modern home

    The Parents Retreat

    View and deck from main bedroom - Parents Retreat Photo 14 of The Narrow House modern home

    View and deck from main bedroom - Parents Retreat

    Round on round Photo 15 of The Narrow House modern home

    Round on round

    The end of a day Photo 16 of The Narrow House modern home

    The end of a day