Flipped House
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Flipped House

MCK Architects
Project Manager:
JBC Constructions
Northrop Engineers
Willem Rethmeier
A 1960’s house has been replaced and reflected by a contemporary version of itself, with a focus that now engages as much on the surrounding garden as it does the panoramic CBD view. Whereas the original home was situated toward Sydney’s Central Business District, the new structure offers spectacular views of both the city and the property’s luscious rear garden.
The original plan and massing were adapted + literally ‘flipped’ with garden elements to create a more expansive connection from inside to out. Details, fixtures and fittings are sensitive to the original home.
The house is stratified over three levels. The lower ground floor plinth is solid sandstone , the mid-level is timber, and the top floor is done in a lightweight cladding with render and paint. The bottom of the pool is a slate mosaic. The wall bordering the outer edge is constructed from a rather pedestrian material: concrete blocks typically used for structural walls.
The decision to use them was influenced by the existing rear boundary fence, also built of concrete block, albeit a more ornate style. This new concrete block wall references the past, and allows for privacy as well as cross ventilation.
Concrete blocks line an exterior plank-like walkway. The chain hanging down in the photo on the left is not a drawbridge mechanism, but rather a chain that acts like a down-pipe to take water from the entry roof to the pond below. This is another tribute to the era of the original house.

The kitchen island looks as though it were carved from a single piece of stone. It’s actually made of steel trowel finished concrete.The kitchen opens onto a patio made for entertaining. There’s even built-in seating.

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