We are starting design work on another new project in Glebe – alterations and additions to a house at the end of a single storey row. It was originally a shop, then a restaurant, and now our clients want to renovate the badly broken building to become their family home. It is situated at the edge of the commercial zone, across a laneway from the back end of a pub and shops. The other side is the row of terraces, and across the road at the front is a row of two storey terraces. At the rear is the old Children’s’ Court, which is set for redevelopment – we are expecting some quite big residential buildings on this side. The site context is rather complicated: an area between commercial and residential, a transition between low-scale old buildings, newer, well-established buildings of a larger commercial scale, and what is likely to come soon, some much larger multi-residential buildings.
The house is in the Glebe Point Heritage Conservation Area, so we hope that we can convince the City of Sydney heritage officer to read the context the way we do, surrounded by new buildings and old, and not treat the site as purely residential relating only to its single storey terrace house neighbours; our clients’ brief for their family home requires a much larger building than a single storey terrace house. We feel the sketch design is a good response to the busy neighbourhood.