John Street House

Woollahra, NSW

The extensive alterations and additions to this Woollahra home was our fourth project working with this family. Coming to us with a development application already approved, the dwelling underwent redesign within the approved envelope to meet the needs of the new owners.

At the street address, the design looked to reinstate the original cottage constructed in the 1860’s. The existing front entry was reestablished and clear delineation made between the old and the new through a change in ridge height, materiality and a contrasting red brick garage volume. Beyond the front cottage, the dwelling was completely rebuilt. This third volume, hidden from street view, is clearly articulated through form and the use of white washed handmade bricks.

Bedrooms are located on the street level while the lower ground level contains the living, kitchen and dining rooms. These open to both the central courtyard and rear garden and pool. Connectivity through the building linking the two outdoor areas was a key design driver. This open flexible layout allows for expansion and contraction; To house a couple while also able to comfortably accommodate family from overseas and grandchildren running freely from inside to out.



Project Team

Sam Crawford, Antonia Frey, Nicole Cusack, Madeleine Rowe, Matthew Bolton, Luke Grey


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Consultant Team

Geotechnical Engineer – JK Geotechnics
Heritage – Weir Phillips Heritage
Hydraulic Engineer – NB Consulting Engineers
Landscape – Christopher Owen
Land Survey – Geographic Solutions
Lighting – LPA
Mechanical Engineer – Arup
Planner – Tony Moody
Structural – Cantilever Engineers
Quantity Surveyor – QS Plus




Ben Guthrie

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