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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Balmain Houses in Sydney, Australia by Benn & Penna Architects

 
February 20th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Benn & Penna Architects

The project involves significant alterations and additions to two existing Victorian-era workers cottages in the inner Sydney suburb of Balmain. Each of the properties are owned by different generations of the same family and our architectural response investigated the interconnectedness and independence of each of these families.

Image Courtesy © Katherine Lu

  • Architects: Benn & Penna Architects
  • Project: Balmain Houses
  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Photography: Tom Ferguson and Katherine Lu
  • Completion date: 2013
  • Project team: Andrew Benn (principal), Alice Benn, Thomas Benn, Simon Apps
  • Site area: 122sqm & 138sqm

Image Courtesy © Tom Ferguson

Architecturally the buildings are developed as a sequence of carefully unfolding scenes – much like miniaturised landscapes of traditional Chinese gardens. Throughout spaces are organised into a series of bending and tilting movements that carefully control privacy whilst remaining interconnected.

Image Courtesy © Katherine Lu

A sense of continuity between spaces is further developed by a gradually evolving palette of materials that alternates the uses of timber. The result is a highly animated and adaptive range of experiences; from quite contemplative spaces to festive communal spaces, all contained within a singular ‘homebody’ that is capable of supporting the modern day complexities of a large family.

Image Courtesy © Katherine Lu

The importance of this development is that it achieves both an independence and interconnection between neighbouring properties, and as the number of shared households within our cities continue to decline, and whilst cities continue to densify, a successful balance in this relationship will become increasingly important to achieve.

Image Courtesy © Tom Ferguson

Image Courtesy © Katherine Lu

Image Courtesy © Tom Ferguson

Image Courtesy © Tom Ferguson

Image Courtesy © Tom Ferguson

Image Courtesy © Tom Ferguson

Image Courtesy © Tom Ferguson

Image Courtesy © Benn & Penna Architects

Image Courtesy © Benn & Penna Architects

Image Courtesy © Benn & Penna Architects

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