Cowper Street Housing

Cowper Street Housing

Andrew Burns Architecture
Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Brett Boardman

Cowper Street Housing

Andrew Burns Architecture as Architects

Set in the inner city context of Glebe, the project reinterprets the traditional peach-red coloured terrace house groupings that characterize the area, consolidating a cluster of five dwellings into a larger structure that presents as a densely patterned block. The compositional challenges that apply to a terrace house (upper level central window offset from ground floor door and window) yield a staggered glazing pattern, overlaid by perforated aluminium paneling. The irregular site was rationalized by slicing the triangular portion and creating a garden; preserving the large fig tree, contributing to the public domain and allowing the corner frontage of the nearby ‘Friend in Hand’ hotel to present to the streetscape.

What was the brief?

The brief was to provide a group of durable, considered dwellings to be retained by the owner.

How is the project unique?

The project sits at an unusual scale between individual terrace houses and large multi-residential developments within the context, therefore serving to provide transitional massing.

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