York St Residence: A Modern, Two-Storey Addition to An Existing Heritage Building

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Completed in 2017 by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, York St Residence is a residential project of an existing heritage building. A modern, two-storey addition is introduced to this house, employing a refined and subtle palette of timber, steel, and brick.


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The new addition can re-interpret the original dwelling’s distinctive geometry through a contemporary lens. This addition also can capture garden aspects and natural light. Each component of this new addition capitalizes the orientation of the site and each of them is also oriented to achieve maximum ventilation and natural light.



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The structure of the existing dwelling and the features of the key heritage has been retained by providing separation to the extension. The two buildings in this project are connected via a glazed link, screened by a courtyard and hit-miss brickwork, celebrating the cascade and architecture.

The form gables of the prevalent existing heritage buildings and the hips. The sculptural staircase is the central focus of the house, delivering the occupants to a study nook from the ground floor. This staircase is set under a folding origami, timber-lined ceiling.



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The downstairs living spaces in this house are delineated by a series of levels that choreograph an engaging journey through some spaces: study, dining, kitchen, and living. These levels imagine each space as an individual space that is linked through clever sightlines and textured materials that provide awesome vistas.


York St Residence Gallery


Photography: Derek Swalwell

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