Small Workers' Cottage Transformed Into Sculptural Family Home

Small Workers’ Cottage Transformed Into Sculptural Family Home

Sandwiched between 14 adjacent properties, The Balmain House in Sydney, Australia is the result of the conversion of a workers’ cottage. The house was specially designed by Fox Johnston as a series of open and closed spaces, in order to serve as a comfortable modern living space for a young family. A sculpted timber volume floats above the bottom level accommodating the main bedroom, library/gallery and study.

The social areas are located downstairs and are well connected to the outdoor space: “Spatially, we have used the small block to maximize advantage, setting up a dialogue between the garden space and the interior living areas to create the illusion of a bigger site. Each downstairs living room – interior and exterior- borrows space from the other, maximizing volume, light and air“. Sustainable features of the project include recycled building materials, a natural ventilation system and hydronic heating.