Light House | Alexander Symes Architect

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Project Name: Light House

Practice: Alexander Symes Architects

Firm Location: Australia

Completion year: 2021

Gross Built up Area: 223 sqm

Project Location: New South Wales, Australia

Structural Consultants: Cantilever Consulting Engineers

Landscape Consultants: Melissa Wilson Landscape Architects

Contractors: AJP Construction Pty Ltd

Photo Credits: Barton Taylor

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Excerpt: Light House is an architectural project designed by Alexander Symes Architect in Australia. The aim of Light House was to radically transform the feel of the home while retaining as much as possible of the original structure for environmental and cost reasons.

Project Description

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Light House is a revitalised two storey home located in the Sydney beach suburb of Bronte. Located in the Bronte Gully, an area characterised by a dense urban streetscape that steps down to a verdant green corridor at the rear, the original house was a robust but dark single-story brick house accessed via a cramped entry below street level and overshadowed by the neighbours. The aim of Light House was to radically transform the feel of the home while retaining as much as possible of the original structure for environmental and cost reasons.

The entry of the home was reconfigured so that you enter the house at street-level, via a green roof. This arrival sequence establishes a biophilic connection to the garden and gully that continues throughout the house. The primary bedrooms and private spaces have been retained but reinvigorated with updated glazing, skylights, and an insulated high-performance envelope. The communal spaces of the house have been reconfigured to provide more generous proportions with fluid connections to the garden. The garden has been designed in collaboration with Melissa Wilson Landscape Architect with a generous outdoor dining area and swimming pool.

All of the new building fabric – including structure, cladding, and linings – were selected for their carbon neutral and carbon negative properties. The combination of maximising re-use, thoughtful specification of new materials,  double glazed windows, insulation, and the inclusion of solar panels, and rainwater tanks results in a beautiful and environmentally friendly family home.

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