Queens Park house is an alteration and addition of an existing two story semi-detached home in Sydney. The home contains 4 bedrooms and a study, 3 bathrooms, laundry and indoor living and dining with an outdoor dining courtyard.
The home, when purchased was in a dilapidated condition having not been maintained for many years and was significantly rebuilt to create a contemporary and elegant family home for a young professional family within a spatially constrained urban area.
The resulting project is not large, but with carefully sized rooms and detailed joinery has a sense of openness and lightness that belies its scale. By utilising large glazed skylights, operable sliding garden windows and carefully controlled views to various external vistas, the project feels generous and connected to its surrounds. A hand crafted, sculptural concrete and stucco fireplace as the living and dining room centrepiece ensures the rooms although connected still remain separable and engaging.
The materials explored have an ephemeral quality; pale stone for bench tops and fireplace details, bleached timber veneers to the kitchen and laundry, various hand finished stuccos to bathroom and bedroom walls, custom concrete sink ware and solid timber floors with timber lined and painted ceilings. To contrast this delicate backdrop the client and project team specified darkened steel framed doors and various metal finishes to the tap ware and fixtures.
Jeremy Bull, Principal and Founder of Alexander &CO. said, “ The final project has an elegance very much in keeping with that of the home’s owner. Delightful, detailed and slightly feminine, it is a beautifully and carefully conceived inner urban family home.”