New South Wales
A celebration of light and inner-city context.
Part of a row of 6 Victorian Italianate terraces with local heritage listing, Crown St Terrace sits prominently amongst the vibrant streetscape of Crown St, Surry Hills. A compact site, its shallow depth of plan provided opportunity for intervention along the site’s east-west axis; to draw in natural light and ventilation, open up to neighbouring context and incorporate new landscaped spaces.
Through subtle alterations existing spaces are restored and new living spaces defined, flooded in light and lined in handmade bricks, anchored by a rear courtyard and rooftop garden. Materiality defines a poetic contrast between old and new, harnessing the changing light along the site’s axis. From beams of eastern morning sunlight in the rear living spaces, the light shifts to the front western rooms by afternoon, where it dances across the street façade, dappled by the foliage of Crown Street’s plane trees.