This project presents a fairly rare opportunity – to design an urban infill dwelling in an inner city heritage conservation area; the Enmore House Estate Heritage Conservation Area, in Enmore, NSW.
The site is currently occupied by a two story 1970’s red-brick house, built following the demolition of a terrace house dating from the late 1880’s. The rather charmless and poorly constructed building is set well back from the street front, breaking with the predominant street pattern of 2 storey terrace houses built 2 metres from the front boundary line.
Our client came to us with a simple brief – demolish the existing 1970’s redbrick and build a low maintenance, sustainable house that respects the heritage context. He wanted a modest house comprising of combined kitchen/ living/ dining, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a separate studio space over a single garage. The building was to be naturally ventilated, light, open and airy; providing for a generous leafy outdoor living space, and a sense of tranquillity.
A particularly interesting aspect of the brief presented us with a welcome challenge; a building with no painted surfaces, no colorbond, no melamine/mdf, no plasterboard, no chrome.
Our idea was to separate the building into 3 distinct components, linked via open walkways overlooking green courtyards. To the east, a two storey sleeping wing, to the centre, a living pavilion capturing the winter sun, and to the west, a small garage with studio over. Our client quickly recognised that this strategy was aligned with his aim of a building with a small footprint connected to the external environment. The very act of going to bed, or getting up and making a coffee, would take him outside, and the separate wings of the house and the dual courtyards afford privacy when friends and family come to stay.
3 Peaks aims to respect the Victorian era pattern buildings on the street, whilst creating a new pattern of buildings within the site.
Sam Crawford, Benjamin Chan, Annie Vu
Heritage – Weir Phillips
Hydraulic Engineer – ITM Design
Quantity Surveyor – QS Plus
Structural Engineer – Studio Structure