Glebe Terrace Alterations and Additions


Alterations and additions to a single story workers cottage in the dense, historical inner Sydney suburb of Glebe. The existing cottage had been extended in the 1980s and was soon to accommodate a growing family, requiring additional bedrooms to be a family home for the future.  The brief was to redesign and extend the cottage w to provide for a new family with two young children. At 4m wide, the project involved careful, detailed planning of a tight space to maximise access to natural light and outlook while adding new bedrooms and bathrooms in a heritage conservation area of Sydney. With no rear lane access other than that provided by a small historical ‘dunny-lane’ once used for manual sewerage collection, our clients were keen to maximise the sense of space in a desirable inner city location with a family history.

The existing rear courtyard was maintained and an upper story roof garden provided for the upper living room. This western facade was also provided a series of sunshading devices including cement-board fins and hoods, in addition to external blinds and sliding insect screens over a bank of sliding windows connecting our client’s everyday lives with the outdoors. Internally, a simple palette of concrete, timber, exposed brick and white sought to create a warm but bright interior despite a difficult western-aspect with shared party walls to north and south of the existing cottage.

On a tight site the project works hard to create a sense of living outdoors through practical but large openings maximising outlook to local vegetation and access to views of the Anzac Bridge beyond.

Supercontext Team
Andrew Daly, Amelie Devaux, David Gan, Colette Hortle

SDA Structures, Sprout Studio (Landscape)

Taylor Works with Distinction Build