Semi-detached dwelling in Sydney with sustainable features

This modern sustainable home was designed by architectural studio , located in Randwick, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The design team was tasked with creating an addition to this dark, Federation style semi-detached dwelling. The backyard was closed off from the home, which failed to create an indoor-outdoor connection. By adding a first floor addition to the back of the home, this opens the space to the backyard and creates luminosity.

The homeowners are a young, professional couple who required this home to cater to their lifestyle needs. The new design was inspired by the traditional gabled roof— two sloping sides that come together at a ridge. The overall exterior design maintains a modern aesthetic. While the surrounding landscape was designed to create a visually seamless indoor-outdoor connection. The backyard is north-facing, ideal for passive solar heating.

At the back of the property, the ground level features operable timber screening as well as a deep overhang. This helps to prevent the structure from getting too hot during the warm summer season.

Sustainable design features integrated into this home includes the following:

  • passive solar design, low-e glass, water saving devices, high levels of insulation, LED lighting, renewable timbers, low-impact fibre cement, recycled brick, cooling gardens, energy-efficient appliances and water saving devices, solar voltaic cells for power, rainwater collection for reuse and Australian native landscaping.

Material elements used in the construction of this home includes:

  • Recycled bricks, FSC lightweight timber for walls and structure, FSC timber framed glazed windows and doors, and FC sheeting.

What We Love: This modern dwelling has plenty of fantastic features, including the indoor-outdoor connection and addition of natural light. We are loving all of the sustainable design elements the architects included in this home, making the overall design that much more efficient for family living.

Readers, please share with us your back on what you think of the overall design of this home? Do you like the integration of sustainable elements?

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Above: A new open plan living, dining and kitchen area are open to the backyard garden, thanks to a sliding glass wall.

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Above: The first floor addition includes two bedrooms and a bathroom. The master bedroom was required to have views of the city skyline.

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Photos: Katherine Lu

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