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Down Size Up Size House by Carter Williamson Architects

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Down Size Up Size House House is a residential project completed in 2016 by Carter Williamson Architects.

Description by Carter Williamson Architects: Moving from a nearby apartment, our clients wanted a modest home they could settle into and begin a family. Natural lighting introduced to a dense and constrained site through strategically placed linear skylight, provides ample natural lighting and a playful shadow that shifts with the day.

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Materially this project benefits from a robust and complementarily palette. Reclaimed bricks provide a textured backdrop for matt black joinery. Overhead cabinets hover off the wall, with lighting placed to dramatise the brickworks colour, texture, and rhythm.

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A sensitively placed Japanese Maple fills the tile lined courtyard addressing the main living area, bathroom, bedroom, and elevated deck. A window seat here provides for a contemplative reading space.

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Carved within the existing roof, lined completely in black mosaic tiles, a deck off the master bedroom creates a private space with glimpses of water views, while allowing the tight bedroom to visually extend.

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A small, but well planned garden is embraced through sliding doors that pull outside the building.

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Down Size Up Size House is an example of project with a constrained site, built on a tight budget, going beyond it’s confines to delver a well considered project with a robust and balanced material palette.

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Uses structure to dramatic effect,with the thin skylight blades adding a rhythm to the space.

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Demonstrates how robust materials usually seen on the exterior like reclaimed brick, and concrete can be used to create a warm and inviting interior.

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Downsize-Upsize House is an example of minimising material layers to include only what is necessary to craft warm, inviting, and generous spaces.

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Fundamental amenity designed into the home was able to see the concept translate from an retired couple with 6 children wishing to downsize, to a young professional couple wanting to start their family.

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The single living space has been designed to allow different moments. Island bench and skylight help delineate space, while the deep timber door threshold forms a soft and warm transition to the garden.

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Our clients now enjoy a home flexible enough to allow for their family to grow, without creating excessive rooms.

Architects: Carter Williamson Architects
Project: Down Size Up Size House
Location: McMahons Point Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Photographs: Brett Boardman
Awards: Commendation – 2016 NSW Architecture Award for Small Projects

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