Smart Design Studio - Sydney Architects

Clovelly House

SDS played with existing geometries to transform a federation house with an overbearing top addition into an elegant cohesive whole. It has been reworked to have integrity in its own right while satisfying the client’s needs. Sustainability was an important part of the brief, so retaining a large portion of the house worked well, while also keeping costs down. White cladding in shadow clad suits the coastal setting from a style and durability perspective.

The house had a challenging southern orientation to the backyard and ocean views that can often make spaces cool and windy in this area.  The clients wanted to bring light into it, and maximise the views of Clovelly Beach. As a result, floor to ceiling glazing is maximised both at the front and back of the house, with glazing following the shape of the pitched roof forms. Large doors slide away to create a seamless connection between a reimagined family living space and the deck.

A new extension enabled a bright and airy kitchen and dining room at ground level, with a generous light filled master bedroom above. A pared back interior focusses the attention to the ocean view. Materials were chosen chosen to weather the coastal location both internally and externally.




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