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Newtown House, Sydney, Australia

Monday 20 Oct 2008

Inner-city intervention

Christopher Polly Architect 
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Additions and alterations breathe fresh air into an existing terrace 

In maintaining the existing character to the street and public domain, the works are concentrated at the rear of a free-standing 2 storey terrace and involves a new lightweight steel framed and glazed addition which is read as a separate structure from the main residence, thus maintaining the architectural integrity of the existing residence.

The new addition incorporates aluminium framed double glazed doors and windows to assist in minimising aircraft and latent background noise from neighbouring high density flats and in maintaining internal thermal comfort in the south facing orientation of the addition. They also serve to increase the solar access to the south facing rear part of the house and to improve the physical and visual connection to the established gardens at the rear of the property.

The generous overall height was established by the extension of the existing finished ceiling level to provide a continuity of spaces from the front to the rear of the residence. A new frameless highlight window in the kitchen provides easterly solar access and views to sky and tree canopies, whilst the new roof of the addition is framed to enable a first floor addition to be built over the ground floor addition at a later date. A steel framed pelmet wrapping around the facades of the addition provide concealed lighting of the soffits externally and concealed blinds internally.

The client Glenn Behan who is also an interior designer, provided conceptual design for the kitchen based on the architects overall exterior, interior and original kitchen designs for the project and also provided design input for particular interior elements.

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