Architecture: Stirling Residence

Feb 22, 2010
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Tom Ferguson
  • Designer
  • Architect Mac-Interactive Architects

The form of this family house in Redfern was driven almost entirely by the height, scale and topography of the surrounding urban context, as well as the client’s requirements.

Clad in Grey Bark, an incredibly hard timber, the house makes reference to the weatherboard cottage that sat on the site previously. The detailing is contemporary in the way the cladding appears to end abruptly against the sky, whilst the windows wrap around onto the roof to articulate the three-dimensional form.

Internally, entertainment (passive) is separated from dining/kitchen/entertaining (active) by joinery that encloses the staircase and houses the kitchen, a laundry, all the TV/Stereos/Data-storage etc. and a W.C.

Timber flooring leads upstairs to the “softer” side of the house – which culminates in a carpeted rumpus/play space in the area that would have been the attic in a traditional terrace. However, this space remains connected to the rest of the house as it is placed in a mezzanine/loft configuration.

The project is about creating a child-friendly house that has character and a story to tell. The house has already been dubbed The Ark by the residents in the neighbourhood.

*Team* Architects: Andy Macdonald, Emanuele Rattazzi; Designer: Ian Lim

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