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Flavour Punch Lunch – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

It’s easy to get sick of sandwiches at lunchtime, so it’s always nice to virtually transport yourself to an exotic location once in a while, with a slightly more flavour packed lunch.  This Middle Eastern inspired lunchbox packs a real flavour punch. The elements I’ve included are inspired in part by my sister’s recent trip to Israel, especially the cauliflower fritters and herb salad. But it’s not only the taste that is important when planning your lunch.  Looks are important too!  I think a supremely colourful meal like this one can really get you pumped about planning your lunch, and keeps you anticipating your amazing home-prepared lunch all morning! The brightest component in this case are the super fun store-bought bright pink pickled turnips – I can’t get enough of pickled goodness right now!

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A Teeny Tiny Sydney Terrace Under 70 Square Metres!

creative-peoplearchitectureA Teeny Tiny Sydney Terrace Under 70 Square Metres!

The clients of this Newtown project were willing to sacrifice on space in order to achieve an architect-designed home representative of their personalities. 

At just 68 square metres, their chosen site indeed offered little room to spare. Not only was the block a mere 3.6 metres wide, the site had 13 angled boundaries as opposed to the typical four. Yet another challenge was the lack of visual connection between indoors and out, due to the living room’s position at the front of the home, with the bathroom at the back. 

‘There was a sun-drenched north facing rear courtyard with access to a community park, however, it was completely disconnected from the original house,’ says Dean Williams, director of Architect George. 

In reconfiguring and extending the original home on site, Architect George created a highly efficient two-bedroom, two-bathroom home. The resulting ground floor footprint is 35 square metres to allow for more outdoor space, with a single storey above. 

Embracing the larger outdoor courtyard and rear community park are carefully placed doors and windows. A small but accessible green roof off the main bedroom provides an additional outlook, in contrast to the surrounding harder built structures, for both the owners and passersby to appreciate.

Facilitating this enhanced connection to the community was another of Dean’s inspirations for the project.

‘I do feel in Australia that architecture suffers from being a little too private. In dense urban environments and on very small sites, it’s important for our buildings to be able to breathe and open up to their surroundings,’ he says.

‘With this project, I love the rear Juliet-style balcony and small green roof that provide these semi-private/public thresholds, I guess like you’d see in an active laneway of a dense part of Barcelona or Paris.’

The interiors were also developed in response to the home’s urban environment and the existing structure, resulting in a predominately white, calming palette.

‘The house is adjacent to a train line, underneath a flight path, and in the middle of a varied and active context. There is a lot going in a very dense and grungy inner-city environment,’ Dean explains. ‘Our design response for the new addition was deliberately singular in colour and  simple in form so as to not further overwhelm the varied surroundings. The lightweight addition sits quietly with restraint.’

As the debut project of Architect George, what’s been achieved is this project is most impressive, but Dean attributes its success to the owners. 

‘The house works so well because of the brief from the clients. Choosing high quality spaces over the quantity or size of spaces has afforded the clients with much more amenity and a greater love for their home,’ he says. 

The home is a stellar example of how a small footprint and floor area can still offer a high level of amenity, while supporting a more sustainable way of life.

House in Newtown explores how a small footprint and floor area can create a high level of amenity, and how we can live more sustainably. Photo – Clinton Weaver


Despite the site being just 68 square metres, the design by Architect George still affords outdoor space. Photo – Clinton Weaver


The new timber first floor structure is exposed in the dining room ceiling below, and detailed in a way to provide shelves for books and household belongings. Photo – Clinton Weaver


Cleverly utilising every millimetre of available space, Architect George transformed the existing terrace on site into a two-bedroom, two-bedroom, two-storey home. Photo – Clinton Weaver


The kitchen occupies the space  under the stair to maximise the use of available space and reduce unnecessary circulation space. Laminex DesignEdge cabinetry in Oyster Grey. Photo – Clinton Weaver


The clients wanted an architecturally designed home that represented their own  personality on a tight budget. Laminex DesignEdge cabinetry in Oyster Grey. Photo – Clinton Weaver


The interiors were also developed in response to the home’s urban environment and the existing structure, resulting in a predominately white, calming palette. Laminex DesignEdge cabinetry in Oyster Grey. Photo – Clinton Weaver


The ground floor footprint is 35 square metres to allow for more outdoor space, with a single storey added above. Laminex DesignEdge cabinetry in Oyster Grey. Photo – Clinton Weaver


Original features such as the fireplace, windows and rendered brickwork were all retained. Artwork above fireplace by Zak Tilley. Laminex DesignEdge cabinetry in Oyster Grey.Photo – Clinton Weaver


The 3.6 metre wide site also has 13 different property boundaries which added to the project’s complexity. Photo – Clinton Weaver


Finely framed apertures of a rear community park add to the home’s sense of space. Artwork by Lucienne Rickard. Photo – Clinton Weaver


The removal of unwanted walls resulted in a dramatic improvement to the site. Photo – Clinton Weaver


Artwork by Lucienne Rickard. Photo – Clinton Weaver


A somewhat sculptural element sitting in the garden, the bathroom provides a curved shower with skylight above. Photo – Clinton Weaver


The outdoor courtyard as seen from the bedroom above. Photo – Clinton Weaver


The project is a successful exploration of how to dwell in small and dense environments, while remaining connected to sunlight, greenery and the outdoors. Photo – Clinton Weaver


The house is located on one of the small blocks in Newtown! Photo – Clinton Weaver

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