This narrow east-facing site presented challenges in providing natural light and ventilation due to tall neighbouring buildings. In response, the new internal layout was based on a central circulating spine with carefully articulated double volume spaces and high ceilings and doors, to create a loftier sense of space and to bring illumination and spatial relief to the constricted internal spaces.
An off-form, thickened concrete facade with recessed openings and controlled glazed element was developed to filter traffic noise from the street.
The formal areas were located just behind the street frontage whilst the casual entertainment zone – a covered alfresco living and dining area – opens to the private rear courtyard which features a linear pool along the back boundary. The kitchen was pivotally placed to serve the informal and formal areas and command surveillance of the pool and family zones.
Based in Sydney, Australia, Bruce Stafford Architects is an award winning practice, founded in 1980 in South Africa. Since then BSA has been responsible for the design and construction of over 200 projects in Australia, Africa and the Caribbean.
Interior Designer: Sally Greenaway
Photographer: Prue Ruscoe & Castle +Beatty