Allen Key House

Allen Key House

Architect
Architect Prineas
Location
Sydney, Australia
Project Year
2016
Category
Private Houses
Chris Warnes

Allen Key House

Architect Prineas as Architects

The project revolved around a rear renovation to 1930s Californian Bungalow, located in Sydney’s leafy North Shore.


The brief was centred about a reconfiguration of the existing house, in order to emphasize the importance of its kitchen. The clients required a long and functional kitchen for a family of four that was able to also cater to entertaining. Poor access to light and air also compromised the amenity of the existing house and was a central challenge around which the design revolved.


To maintain the existing bungalow and its original features, the addition is connected via a small link. This link creates two internal courtyards that served to bring additional light into the ensuite and study. Faced with an extremely tight budget, the design was centred about a shed-like structure that ensured simple construction. Simple interventions and manipulations of the roof form were explored as a means to introduce additional light to the renovated portion of the house. The size and scale of the living/dining areas were increased to maximise functional and comfortable spaces. These new spaces maximise the house’s connection with its garden and leafy surrounds. Joinery was designed around a flat pack storage system that could be integrated seamlessly into the new portion of the house. Oversized dormer windows create a complex and lofty ceiling plane within the open plan space. Highlight windows draw views of the treetops into the kitchen and living areas, creating a strong connection between the house’s interior and its leafy surrounds.

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