This project is a complete refurbishment and extension of 2 Federation era semi detached houses in Camperdown in Sydney’s Inner West. Originally on one allotment, the development included approval for the formal subdivision of the houses into 2 separate Torrens title allotments and the construction of a new 2 storey extension to both houses that is not visible behind the original façade.
The new upper level includes 3 new bedrooms and bathrooms and a generous linear void running the length of the common party wall; extending from the rear of the building and following the slope of the original roof line to the front door. This draws in light deep into the ground floor via a series of coloured skylight along the void and stair and acts to passively ventilate the house.
At its centre is a sculptural brick hearth and fireplace which has been expertly constructed from bricks salvaged from the demolished walls. The bricks were carefully graded and have been cut and chamfered to create an intricate assemblage of fluted, corbelled, projecting and chamfered brickwork as the backdrop to the living room and the spiritual centre of the house.
A series of joinery units and changes in floor surfaces and levels partially define a series of open plan living spaces. The combined kitchen and dining area opens to a partly covered deck with a built in seat extending back into the living room providing storage and display shelves under the stair. The brick party wall again uses salvaged bricks in a decorative way with projecting bricks acting as casual shelves and a series of operable shutters provides partial screening of the parking space, sun protection and spatial enclosure.
The front façade was carefully retained and necessary reconstruction work was undertaken within a contemporary idiom with sensitivity to the original building fabric and the heritage conservation streetscape.