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Northbridge house

Location:
Sydney
Type:
House
Year:
2002
Architect:
Bates Smart
Photographer:
Sharrin Rees
The project consists of a large (four bedroom, three bathroom) house on a small, steeply sloping, site overlooking Middle Harbour.

A binuclear planning strategy reduces the scale of the house and provides separation between formal and informal living areas and adult and child sleeping areas.

The two components of the binuclear plan explore residential planning archetypes: the linear plan (Murcutt, Elwood, etc) and the square plan(Palladio, Corbusier).

Each type has a different material and spatial expression. The linear plan consists of masonry blade walls and has an open-ended spatial expression. The square volume is clad in zinc panels and has a defined volumetric expression.

The skewed geometry of the square volume accentuates its differentiation from the linear plan, aligning it with the side boundary.

This creates the opportunity of an entry sequence consisting of a series of outdoor rooms in the ‘cleft' between the two volumes. The entry and stair are located within a glazed bridge between the two volumes at the end of the sequence.

Outdoor spaces are planned as rooms, extending the spatial sequence of the internal planning and the building to ‘inhabit' the site rather than sit upon it.

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Flower Chair

Flower Chair

Thomas Sandell

Flower armchair with structure in rigid polyurethane, seat in polyurethane foam with internal padding in polyester batting. Removable cover. Legs in 4 legged polished chrome or silver painted steel, o...

Palestro

Palestro

Vico Magistretti

Palestro armchair, 2 or 3 seat sofa and pouf. Steel structure with polyurethane foam filler. Back and armrest cushions in polyurethane foam and polyester batting. Goosedown seat cushion reinforced w...

PO/9818

PO/9818

Michael Young

Pouff in polyurethane integral foam in gypsum white, dark grey, marlboro red, yellow or blue.

Shine table

Shine table

Vico Magistretti

Shiny like its base, in polished aluminium. Shine is the most versatile of tables. At home, for dining and study, in the office, as a prestigious desk or for meeting rooms. Oval, rectangular or squ...

Sleeper

Sleeper

Jasper Morrison

Bed with steel and fir-wood frame and staves in beech wood. Headboard in multi-density polyurethane. Cover in fabric or leather, removable only when in fabric. Feet in satined stainless steel and rubb...

Superlight 530

Superlight 530

Barber & Osgerby

Superlight 530 1, 2 and 3 seat benches with frame in metal and low thickness polyurethane foam. Feet in satin stainless steel with caps in grey nylon. Fixed cover in fabric or leather

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