LANEWAY GLASS HOUSE
Designed in collaboration with industrial designer Henry Wilson, this laneway house and studio serves as a prototype for narrow urban sites. Replacing two tandem car spaces at the rear of a Victorian terrace, it combines a ground-floor studio and light-filled two-level, two-bedroom home on a 56-square-metre footprint.
Bookended by glass-block walls, the dwelling revolves internally around a sculptural staircase of cast concrete treads, rising through three luminous levels. Together, the spiral staircase and walk-through ensuite to the main bedroom whittle the circulation space down to just four square metres, maximising every inch of the 4.7-metre wide building.
Raw materials have been finely crafted in unique ways that elevate the interiors and say something of the owner’s elemental palette and interest in the imperfect/ unfinished. The structural concrete slab floor was burnished for the studio. Standard travertine tiles are laid without grout-lines for a seamless flow through the living levels, where standard glass-blocks with a sandblasted face were chosen to softly diffuse light and lend privacy from the laneway.
LOCATION: Darlinghurst, NSW
ACCOMMODATION: 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom
PHOTOGRAPHY: Katherine Lu, Tom Ferguson
- Wish Magazine, August 2022
Hovering at the fringe between the public and private domain, the project cleverly converts the rear lane parking of an existing terrace house into a new home, offering a blueprint for urban infill housing. The finely-tuned design response harnesses light, offers privacy and reflects the pared-back aesthetic of its occupant
This project, in the inner-city suburbs of Sydney, is a new three-storey dwelling where elegant detailing of robust materials creates an industrial luxury that strikes a balance between studio and home.
- Our house talks, Houses Magazine