Jigsaw House


Status | Completed

Situated on an extremely narrow block, the modifications to this nineteenth century terrace were highly constrained by planning controls, budget and heritage considerations. The design strategy therefore centred on how maximise the use of space internally which was solved by interlocking the rooms of the house like a vertical jigsaw puzzle. A key element of this strategy was to maintain natural light and ventilation to every room of the house including bathroom and stair. In order to clearly express the distinction between the existing terrace structure and the additions, the interior was stripped back to the structural elements — the brick walls and hardwood joists — which were left raw. The new materials were selected to maximise the contrast with this structure: brushed stainless steel, stone, concrete and bold colours.

Builder | ARC Projects

Photographs | Nathan Etherington