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Paddington House

Location:
Sydney
Type:
House
Year:
2011
Architect:
Anthony Gill Architects
Photographer:
Peter Bennetts

The opportunity to design this house was unexpected and acted as a catalyst to begin our practice.

The site and scope promised much, combining two large terraces in Paddington into a single family home. The clients had only a few specific requirements: the new house needed to cope well with their large, busy family, it had to join the two distinct properties seamlessly and could in no way be ‘over-designed’ or fussy. Despite the scope, modesty was essential.

The central void in the design concept was crucial to the client’s enthusiasm. The scheme developed around this void, with the ground floor living areas opening on to the north facing garden while the views from the upper levels (specifically of the much loved orange tree) were controlled and focused. Most of the existing fabric was demolished, while the front facades were restored. These remain distinguishable from one another, giving few clues to the amalgamation of the properties beyond.

The primary material chosen for the new construction was brick, bagged and painted, common to modest architecture in the area. The massing of the project, clearly defined by the brick volumes, steps down and out towards the rear of the property, responding to program, the existing levels and the neighbouring terraces. The project challenges the nature of the brickwork, floating the largest plains above the sliding oak doors to the ground floor.

The interiors are calm with a very limited palette of materials. The warmth of the oak used throughout is balanced by the white set walls. Natural light, abundant on the ground floor, is carefully controlled along the circulation path of the upper levels.

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Arne Jacobsen

One-handle build-in mixer with ceramic disc technology. Available with the option of 25 mm, 55 mm (M) or 100 mm (L) lever. Comes with hand shower and holder with non-return valve (070), 60 mm flanges ...

590-T36

590-T36

Bench mounted mixer handle (500Q) with choice of 25mm, 60mm (M) or 100mm (L) lever. Comes with a 360 degree swivel spout (090P) and T36 soap dispenser. Available in polished chrome (16) satin chrome ...

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631

Arne Jacobsen

Two-handle build-in mixer with 1/4 turn ceramic disc technology. Available with option of 25mm, 60mm (M) or 100mm (L) lever. Levers are coloured in red and blue to indicate temperature. 250 mm swivel...

Down

Down

Kreon / Jan Van Lierde

Light is quintessential Down is designed for recessed use and is characterised by the deeper position of the light source in relation to the ceiling level. Thanks to a multifunctional housing this... More

FS1

FS1

Aarhus Arkitekterne A/S

Vola FS1, a floor mounted bath mixer. Winner of the internationally acclaimed Good Design award 2007, which is presented by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, the Vola FS1 is a f...

T1

T1

Arne Jacobsen

T1M bench mounted pull-out hand shower with 2m metal hose. Available in polished chrome (16) satin chrome (20) stainless steel (40) and a choice of 18 colours

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