2 Houses Rozelle

This project involves the subdivision of a corner block in Rozelle. One block retains and restores an existing Victorian style terrace house, and a new block is created on the corner for the construction of a new contemporary 3 storey dwelling.

The existing terrace house is currently in poor condition with significant unsympathetic and non-original elements. These will be removed to reveal the original sandstone facade and bring the terrace back to its original glory. The pebblecrete verandah extension will be removed to reinstate the front garden and a new traditional palisade metal fence added with a grand set of contemporary steel stairs. The house will be refurbished internally and a new double height dining space is added to the rear, which opens to a new deck and garden.

The new dwelling takes reference from the predominant building forms in the area, including a front verandah, primary pitched roof and secondary rear structure. The high pitched roof conceals a master bedroom suite with a horizontal picture window capturing panoramic city views and a series of vertically proportioned skylights bring light into the centre of the dwelling and reference the chimney structures on the existing dwelling. Living areas are located on the ground level and open out to a covered outdoor BBQ and dining area. Windows on 3 sides maximise sunlight and cross ventilation. Material selection creates a contemporary textured palette of off form concrete, painted rough set brickwork, sandstone, vertical timber cladding and zinc roof.