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Nautical and natural materials in Balmain

By Kim McFayden 7 years ago

Balmain is a colourful and cultured suburb of Sydney and is the setting of this home renovation designed by TW Architects in collaboration with Hagan Built. The brief was to extend the existing modest weatherboard home to create a modern light-filled home that retained its link to the history of the house.

In the words of the architects: “An awareness of the climate, the use of sustainable materials and green sensibilities were important considerations in the design. Close attention to detail was paid in terms of aspect of the building and clever definition of living spaces. The use of simple, quality materials and a cohesive sense of colour throughout would enhance the illusion of spaciousness in this tiny house. The Balmain area is known for its maritime history, so it seemed appropriate to acknowledge this in some way, which is why we chose to use natural materials and exposed timber ceilings. These materials are sympathetic to the history of the house; in a sense, it’s still a cottage, just a lot more spacious and comfortable. We were keen to maximise the northern aspect as well as the leafy views over the neighbourhood. We also knew we’d obtain glimpses of the North Sydney skyline if we added a second storey.”

Materials specified: Timber frame, timber floor, timber cladding, timber framed doors and windows.

Sustainable features: Cross-ventilation with the inclusion of louvred windows. Solar control through mechanised screens. Use of low-impact building materials. Use of low-energy light fittings and appliances.


  ARCHITECTURE, elements, extension / addition, inside/out connection, materials, minimalist, sustainable design, timber
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 Kim McFayden

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Founder and editor of Designhunter