New South Wales
Tree Island is a family home whose airy verticality transcends the limitations of its tight footprint and heritage context, using planning constraints as direct design opportunities. Elegantly balancing the protection of an existing cottage with the freedom to climb up against the adjacent warehouse conversion, its dramatic section is as rare as it is expansive, making of the most of its narrow inner-city site.
A breath-taking, light-filled void at the centre of the home unites the living, dining, and kitchen areas, playing host to a glorious fig tree planted in the kitchen island itself. Illuminated by a long, north-facing skylight, this double-height space cradles the most essential functions of its young family’s life as it brings the garden inside.