House James was an alterations and additions to an existing single-storey cottage in the quiet and leafy suburb of Gymea, Sydney. The Clients required low maintenance and simple living to suit their busy work and family life.

Project Name: House James
Studio Name: Berresford Architecture
Project size: 200 m2
Site size: 708 m2
Completion date: 2021
Building levels: 2
Location: Gymea, Australia
Photography: Andy MacPherson

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Living room ©Andy MacPherson

House James engages with an irregular suburban lot to create a warm and sunny home that plays with both form and scale. Honest tactile materials have been used throughout in a simple but creative way.

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Dining Space ©Andy MacPherson

The ground floor spaces are intimate and totally private from the street, connecting exclusively with the existing and established garden spaces. An adaptation of the traditional Queenslander’s wrap-around deck was incorporated to provide a transitional space between inside and out, acting as a place of arrival, congregation, and entertainment.

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Exterior View ©Andy MacPherson

The first floor stands as a bare sculptural form atop the ground floor ‘plinth’. Whilst the windows follow a regimented arrangement subservient to the modularity of the panel layout, they frame a delightful sequence of ever-changing views, both of the neighbourhood tree canopy and the skies above.


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