2017 AIA NSW Architecture Commendation for Residential Single (New)
Brougham Place is a new home, office and apartment in the dense inner-city location of Potts Point, Sydney. The former single-mass dwelling was replaced with two buildings, thereby creating a courtyard in the middle. It uses the height of the rear three-storey apartment and garage to shield the courtyard from overlooking from the taller neighbouring apartment buildings.
Architecturally, the building presents as two concrete boxes sitting over a sandstone wall. This sandstone was salvaged from the site and rough-cut by stonemasons to create a beautifully textured element that wraps around the front façade and side lane of the site. Above the plinth, the concrete boxes feature large openings infilled with an array of multi-coloured louvre blades, the palette of which draws upon the heritage colours of the area.
The larger front dwelling contains the owners’ home and office. For the workspace on the ground floor, the life and noise of the street is filtered through a finely-detailed steel screen and green courtyard. A small bedroom with a fold-down bed concealed within joinery at the back of the office space can be partitioned off via a pivoting pink steel door. White joinery conceals coloured interiors, matching those of the external louvres.
The central courtyard extends the composition of the internal planning to the outside, with planes of timber and concrete hovering over a reflective black granite-slab plunge pool. It’s a simple place of calm and introspection nestled between the two dwellings.