A former lean-to takes on new life as an open-air family home in Sydney.
The Elliott Ripper House by Sydney-based Architect Christopher Polly is a study in expansiveness and connection (indoors to outdoors, first floor to second, and separate rooms into a larger open space). Sensitive to his clients "patterns of use," Polly designed two distinct living spaces: a main floor open day space for meal preparation, eating, and expansive enjoyment of the rear garden; and an upper floor evening space for watching TV, reading and separation from utilities. Polly aimed to "harness access to sunlight, ventilation, and views of tree canopies, sky and district beyond." Mission accomplished.
Photos by Brett Boardman via Arch Daily.
Above: A view of the house from the back. The clever use of white paint on the brick siding on the adjacent building provides a sense of continuity and a definition to the back space, making it feel like a room of the house.
Above, two photos: Generous sliding doors and rows of pivoting windows allow varying degrees of openness and enclosure. Even when the doors and windows are closed, the volumes of glass let in light and views.
Above: The architect added an open stair to "expand the relationship between two previously unrelated floors".
Above: Recycled Blackbutt timber was used indoors and out.
Above: The architect accounted for variance in temperatures by adding high-performance glazing to the windows, external retractable blinds to control solar access and heat gain, and substantial wall and ceiling thermal insulation.
Above: The open feeling is continued upstairs with windows placed in normally walled-off reaches of the cathedral ceilings. Sliding doors and oversized room openings are used throughout the house.
Above: The rows of pivot windows open to create a virtual sleeping porch.
Above: The upstairs living space shares the floor with two bedrooms.
Above: An all-white bathroom gets added texture from white mosaic floor tiles. A linear drain, similar to an Infinity Linear Drain, is tucked on the right side of the floor.
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