Chimney House

Chimney House

Architect
Atelier DAU
Location
Redfern NSW, Australia | View Map
Project Year
2018
Category
Private Houses
Tom Ferguson

Chimney House

Atelier DAU as Architects

Chimney House .A vacant block of land, adjacent a heritage listed terrace, reimagined as a sculpted bronze form. Concealed behind the operable facade: off-street parking and a self-contained apartment. A generous contribution to a gritty streetscape. The existing terrace, extended and remodelled, wraps around this new insertion. Two residences intertwined.

photo_credit Tom Ferguson
Tom Ferguson

This inner city site, unusual in its size with an adjacent vacant block inclusive on the title, provided a fantastic development opportunity for the owners. As a couple with a well established art framing business and a passion for art, it also provided an opportunity for the home to be extended to become a gallery for an extensive and eclectic art collection.

photo_credit Tom Ferguson
Tom Ferguson

The existing terrace, the first in the longest intact heritage listed terrace row in the City of Sydney - Tamworth Terrace - presented a challenging planning exercise. However, the carefully considered yet ambitious design for the proposed infill was well received and supported by the City of Sydney Council.

photo_credit Tom Ferguson
Tom Ferguson

This new infill, addressing William Street, accommodates both on-site parking and a self-contained apartment above, concealed behind a bespoke operable bronze facade. The brief to extend the main residence required a total remodelling of the ground floor taking advantage of the double width site - creating spacious living areas with seamless connections to two courtyards. With the insertion of a new stair hall, additional bathrooms and a reworking of the first floor the home has become a spacious, versatile and light-filled home.

photo_credit Tom Ferguson
Tom Ferguson

The form and façade of the infill are designed as a subtle transition between the differing façade compositions of the adjacent terrace rows. The materiality and form of the roof and facade cleverly enabled three floors to be ‘squeezed’ into a context of two storey terraces. The sculptural form of the infill roof, which breaks through the parapet line of the adjoining terrace, was carefully modelled ensuring a respectful and elegant connection.

photo_credit Tom Ferguson
Tom Ferguson

At the rear, the building form retains and responds to the pigeon-paired rear elevations. The chimneyed roofscape is further enhanced with the insertion of a new modern chimney.

photo_credit Tom Ferguson
Tom Ferguson

The project was made possible because of a visionary client with a forthright commitment to invest in a unique façade that would contribute generously to the William Street streetscape.

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