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Architecture: Paddington House 04

February 14, 2011

Nobbs Radford’s Paddington extension adds space, light and refined detailing to an inner-city cottage.

This house is a reinterpretation of the traditional cottage in a high density, inner city suburb of Sydney.

The brief was to add to the small existing cottage and create a generous family home that was both a functional response to the specifics of the family’s patterns of living while also developing a refined simplicity to dwell. The addition is a contextual response to the inner city location. An external palette of rustic face brick and form-lined concrete responds to the solidity and massing of surrounding terraces. The deep columns to the rear create framed thresholds to large pivot doors, which retreat under the concrete planter awning. This element becomes the transition zone between the internal and external.

The original cottage still forms the point of entry. The hallway is maintained to the depth of the front room, after which the order of the new house becomes apparent. The original and the new addition are mediated by a central unfolding timber box that comprises storage, concealed audio and visual equipment, the laundry and the main stair. Internally, the palette shifts to timber and white planes punctuated with dark charcoal.

*Team* Architects: Alison Nobbs, Sean Radford

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