The designers and architects at Chenchow Little had to keep the road faade whole since the house is section of an efficiency streetscape, when rebuilding this conventional Victorian terrace house — now referred to as the Skylight House — in Sydney, Australia.
However the elaborate, white exterior now covers an attractive, minimal home which includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a brand new home.
Turning the standard Victorian terrace-house floor plan around, the designers put the living spaces on the most effective floor and the extra rooms on the ground floor. Access was gained by the living areas to sun light via the brand new number of south-facing skylights, and to views across Parramatta River because of strategically placed windows.
Right next to the steps leading from the moved family room to the new home, is an existing mature banksia tree that is encircled by a new central courtyard.
The colors and materials are minimal and pure: white walls, glass, natural concrete and spotted gum wood.
The inside layout by Janice Chenchow of Chenchow Little, veers toward mid-century modernist with a few Scandinavian and Italian parts including a’ hand-tufted wool “Sammal” carpet (Finnish for “moss”) carpet in the colour “Ice.” We also love the light options, particularly “Parentesi” made by Achille Castiglioni & Pio Manzu for FLOS.
Project designers, wife and husband, Tony Chenchow and Stephanie Little, established their Sydney-based organization in 2004.
The Skylight Home won the Australian Institute of Architects, NSW Section Honor 2011 Residential Architecture Award for Additions and Alterations.