Location: Sydney, Australia
Project Year: 2016
Area: 182 m2
Photo: Katherine Lu
In the renovation of the brick suburb of 1930’s Sydney there were quite a few bizarre elements. Architects of Tribe Studio took what is supposedly a rather mundane part of the suburban architecture and breathed life into it. Of course, they will tell you otherwise. They already thought that in the original house there are bizarre elements. For example, a brick piece for the sun’s rays above the front door or a brick pattern from the Christmas tree in the gables.
The charm and peculiarity of the original house determined many aspects of the future architecture and design of the house. Although it was not a “high architecture”, the house was beautifully built and even eccentric.
Adding an extension of the box to the back of the house, it became more than just a simple cubic figure. In this, again, there is the pleasure of quirkiness. The kitchen, for example, is hidden behind a door from a dove gray tree with wooden panels resembling barn doors, pale gray against concrete floors. The same gray color is in the old part of the house. Two-tone gray-white wardrobes in the bedroom — an intelligent and delicious element. The same gray shade rises to the walls of the bedroom and is again highlighted with clear white shelves above the bed.
A bright, white and attractive corridor leads to extension. In this transition space, there is lightness and grace that takes you from the old part of the house to a new one.
The use of warm colors is the main accent of the project. In the living room of the original house there is a bold royal blue color. Then in the bathroom and the bedroom there are soft salmon colors, and in the main bathroom – sea blue. All this is filled with life and energy.
We used a pale-toned 30s color palette throughout the house, in materials and paint finishes, referring to the house’s Arts and Crafts origins,”
— said the architects.