Occupying the site is a traditional residential terrace house with a new tram line under construction along Devonshire Street to the front of the property. With the increasing number of people arriving by tram, it is an ideal moment to re-visit the residential terrace house typology to find new ways of living in the heart of an increasingly lively Sydney city. By introducing a bar/restaurant to the ground floor, a more public use of the building is proposed that will embrace the busier street-life. By raising the residence to Level 1 and 2, a degree of privacy is created without the need to alter the building’s heritage facade. A narrow courtyard can be carved from the new rear-extension volume as a means of providing sunlight and ventilation to both the commercial and residential uses. The interestingly elongated spaces that result are given windows along the courtyard length, thus blurring the line between indoors and outdoors, creating a new type of room within Sydney’s favourite type of medium-density housing.

By Toby Breakspear, Tiffany Liew