SRG House

2021 National Architecture Awards shortlist

SRG House | Fox Johnston | Photgrapher: Anson Smart

2021 National Architecture Awards: Residential - HOUSES (ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS)

SRG House | Fox Johnston

Traditional Land Owners: The Gadigal and Wangal Peoples of the Eora Nation

A 1970s heritage-listed semi is re-engineered for contemporary family life. Keeping within the building footprint, architect Conrad Johnston has carved extra space and forged stronger connections to landscape and place, while maintaining the integrity of the original structure and material language.

Restoration of the superstructure included peeling out the perished interior linings, stripping back to the original concrete structures and replacing fixed windows with new, high-performance timber framed glass. This also helped to improve the overall thermal efficiency.

Connection to the landscape was enhanced by opening the house to natural air and rising the small sitting room to be level with the courtyard.

More space was created by converting the original air-conditioning plant on the lower ground level into two extra bedrooms and replacing the existing garage with a two bedroom apartment above. The interiors were redesigned to soften the geometry of the narrow grid with built-in furniture and joinery.

SRG House | Fox Johnston | Photgrapher: Anson Smart

Client perspective:
How does the design benefit the way you live/work/play/operate/educate/other?

“The SRG house is like a tree house, effortlessly opening up to the landscape giving the feeling of living outside which is perfect in the Sydney climate.

All the spaces, although they are compact in size, anticipate how you want to live, with inbuilt furniture and a material palette which is both contemporary yet complementary to the 1970 era home.

The house anticipates how you want to live. The winter morning sun streams into the kitchen when waking up and in the afternoon you can move the western living and terraces and watch the sunset over the Ironcove Bridge.”

Practice team:

Conrad Johnston, Design Architect
Stefania Reynolds, Graduate of Architecture
Ben Warren, Graduate of Architecture
Sreeja Banergi (nee Basak), Graduate of Architecture

Construction team:

Dotkom Carpentary, Builder
SDA Structures, Structural Engineer
Dangar Barin Smith, Landscape Consultant
Lymesmith, Colour Design Consultancy

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