Silver Back | Goodwin Scarfone Belgiorno-Nettis

Silver Back | Goodwin Scarfone Belgiorno-Nettis | Photographer: Kat Lu

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Silver Back | Goodwin Scarfone Belgiorno-Nettis

Traditional Land Owners
Gadigal and Wangal peoples of the Eora nation
Year
2023
Chapter

New South Wales

Category
COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
EmAGN Project Award
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Builder
Green Anvil Co
Photographer
Kat Lu
Project summary

A two-storey addition to a classic terrace house in Sydney’s inner-west sought to transform something familiar into a captivating architectural hybrid. The addition, clad entirely in corrugated metal, provides much-needed space for a new family whilst adding visual variety to the typical rear laneways of Marrickville.

Standing in stark contrast to its neighbours the new metal volume conceals a warm, open interior with a spiral stair that stitches the old with the new. The project sought to balance practicality and playfulness – allowing for an open, light home that could also accommodate the messiness of family life.

Silver Back is a curious piece of architecture that exhibits how simple interventions can transform existing structures to suit the ever-changing needs of new occupants. Strategic moves in form and materiality work together to create an inspired home for the family and community alike.

2023
New South Wales Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
New South Wales Jury Presentation

The design of the house has a profound impact on the way we live as a young family in busy Marrickville. The house is like a haven to us. We love coming home to a warm, light-filled interior hidden within this cold metal exterior. Our son loves the spiral stair and the way he uses it – sitting with his legs out the side, talking through the railings – showcases the designs playfulness and GSBNs ability to create a dialogue between each architectural element.

Every room in the house has been designed beyond our desires and requirements – we truly love it.

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