Designed by Melonie Bayl-Smith, Bijl Architecture
From whole house architect and kitchen designer:
This family home's steep and rocky site in Sydney’s inner west, actually presented more opportunities than challenges.
Bookended by a busy intersection and transport node at the street front, and with an enormous rockface stepping up at the rear, the topography and site character presented an excellent opportunity for a layered, form-led design and material approach.
Our homeowner’s brief appeared straightforward – a generous new home, integrated landscape, and pool for a young family.
This called for design considerations for long term habitation and flexibility with the dwelling balancing many different potential futures given the robust demands placed upon it by contemporary family life.
The open-plan living, kitchen, dining and covered deck at the rear operate as one flexible, expansive environment flowing out to the new pool with its dramatic rockface backdrop.
This is a home that shelters, centres, and celebrates family and foundation.
It is revealed through level changes and materiality: vertical and horizontal layers of brick, rock, metal, glass, and timber screening.
Emphasis was made on the kitchen’s design to be open to the living space without imposing on the space visually or dimensionally.
Light floods the room via a row of skylights that align with the tall and low-level cabinetry, and an adjacent slot window gives oblique views to the street.