I’m stalking an urban oasis in the Sydney suburb of Paddington. The Victorian-era terrace house has undergone an extensive architecturally designed renovation and extension resulting in a striking and unique home. From its period rooms at the front to open light-filled and cutting edge modern additions behind, from city streetscape to Japanese gardens and 25m lap pool it’s a remarkable home and even though the Sydney real estate market is showing signs of cooling the reserve at auction will be eye-wateringly high for sure. Don’t miss the video. Link here while it lasts.
Wow do I ever love this house! It has just enough unusual features to fascinate me and has me imagining how I would decorate it. Also, check out the bathroom!!! How fun to use vintage fixtures in typical retro colours against a black wall. LOVE THAT!! Currently for sale via The Modern House. Here are some details: This remarkably conceived four-bedroom house, designed by award-winning designer Jonathan Tuckey, is arranged around a central courtyard on a secluded plot just behind Lordship Lane in East Dulwich. The materials utilised throughout draw from the robust character of the adjacent brick buildings and the raw qualities of the ‘yard’ site. While concrete blocks are prominently combined with a timber-and-steel superstructure frame, the house’s defining element is certainly the courtyard facade, lined in translucent polycarbonate Rodeca panels. The courtyard forms the primary space around which the life of the house revolves. Tuckey envisioned this area as a kind of outdoor room to which all the main interior spaces are connected. North-facing workshops are placed nearest to the street entrance, with the bedroom wing opposite. The two wings are connected by a double-height living and dining central section. The courtyard is expressed as a formal, ordered space which gives the house a dignified character and enables the creation of a proper ‘front’ to the building by placing the main entrance centrally within this space. The stairs to the first floor arrive above this entrance, with the porch roof acting as a balcony, giving views through the courtyard to the gardens below.
Thank you to Silje for sending us the link to this now-sold apartment that was recently listed in Oslo, Norway. She says this is typical of the style that is happening there at the moment and I have to say, it is very easy on the eye! The colour palette is so warm and inviting. Combined with the exposed brick walls, the bright light flowing through each room and the collection of greenery it is no wonder this apartment was snapped up! Link here.
Today I’m stalking a rather grand but rather bland terrace house in Sydney’s salubrious Darling Point. I suspect the house is vacant and it has been styled tastefully but sparsely for sale. Good bones but nothing too special until you reach the enclosed courtyard. I’m staring at the pictures and daydreaming about what I would do with this space. Have you seen Rose Uniacke‘s Pimlico House courtyard? Or Sera of London‘s own home but the inside translated to the outside (here and here)? Nice time waster for the weekend. Link for the house here while it lasts.
This home is WILD! This is what you get when an architect in the 60’s designs himself a house. One of the great post-war Modern houses in London, Housden House was designed and built by architect Brian Housden for himself and his family between 1963-65. Presented to the market in beautifully original condition, this is the first time that the house has been available for sale. The concept is a clear demonstration of Housden’s understanding of pioneering European modernism, sharing many principles with the Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht and Pierre Chareau’s Maison de Verre in Paris. The façade, a mix of protruding concrete platforms and glass bricks, belies the scale of the house, which is best captured from the rear. The back of the house is almost completely glazed with glass bricks, flooding the internal space with a warm westerly light at every level. The house is in fascinatingly original condition, having been lovingly maintained by the Housden family throughout its history. You can read all of the details as this house is for sale on The Modern House (and now under offer).