Elevated Family Home | EMKC3

Elevated Family Home | EMKC3 | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Elevated Family Home | EMKC3

Traditional Land Owners
Built on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation

New South Wales

Lord Mayors Prize (NSW)
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Head Projects
Peter Bennetts
Project summary

The architect/owner designed this home whilst expecting her first child and the design intent was to create an inner-city, high-density version of the traditional family home; a place to raise children but also to entertain friends and family.

Situated in Millers Point, the 3-bedroom east-facing penthouse set over two-levels was completely refurbished. The acrylic wine cellar creates a visual connection from the entry to the panoramic skyline beyond. The kitchen and dining area is the heart of the home, reflecting the owner’s love of cooking and entertaining. The study is adjoining to the kitchen allowing supervision of children’s playtime during meal preparation. The upper-level bedrooms configured to focus on the view and to maximise light and airflow while at night the ceilings transform into a starlit sky.

This design is a contemporary inner-city interpretation of the traditional family home; providing light-filled space to work, rest, play and entertain.

New South Wales Jury Presentation

We have been living in this home since completion and have watched our baby become a toddler. From making her first step to climbing the stairs, playing hide-and-seek around the wine cellar or sitting quietly reading her favourite books in the study, there is space for the whole family. The kitchen is large enough to prepare elaborate meals for 12 while having a full visibility to the study and living area to supervise the little one. The design has reassured us that the functional and open layout make life easier and make raising children in an apartment a true joy.

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