Winner of The Small Budget Projects Award, 2011
Built in 1850 as a Carriage-House in Surry Hills, this building was converted in early 1900 to a metal castings factory and more recently a home/studio. Most of the Ground and First floor were in original condition with an attic floor added approximately 40 years ago. Over the years of previous tenancy, the interior had fallen into disrepair and needed renovations as well as a new approach to the floor plan. There were also safety issues particularly concerning the balustrade on the staircases and landings, which were non-compliant.
The client’s brief was to reconfigure the Entry/Gallery with a separate Art Studio on the Ground Floor; design a new Kitchen and WC on the First Floor, including a new fireplace.; redesign the Attic Level to create a Master Bedroom/WIR and En-suite and introduce as much natural light as possible.
Respecting the history of the building we repaired original walls, beams, columns and timberwork generally and expressed new work in contemporary materials without touching the fabric of the original envelope. Cladding over the original balustrade, rather than demolishing it addressed safety issues. A large skylight over the stair well has brought light into the centre of the building and large industrial pendants light this area at night.
By letting the building dictate the design language we have added another layer to this honest old workhorse bringing it into the 21st century whilst preserving it’s original condition.
It is now fully functional as art workshop/studio, a home and a home office.