BEAUTY IN THE FRIDGE

Hurlstone Park House by Carla Middleton Architecture

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Architect Carla Middleton introduces sustainable and modern spaces to a Sydney cottage through a new red-brick extension that deeply reflects the family that lives there.

The Hurlstone Park residence captures the need for comfortable communal spaces and pockets for privacy to accommodate present-day family living. Located in inner Western Sydney, architect Carla Middleton was asked to take on the design of builder Sean Murphy’s family cottage and its new brick extension. With the construction process taking place throughout 2020, flexibility and collaboration were integral to Carla Middleton and the team, builder Sean Murphy, ROR Consulting Engineers and Fig Landscapes. The result is a modern Australian home with a crisp interior, integrated natural light and cross ventilation – that couldn’t be more in tune with how we want to live in our homes now.

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“The generous skylights throw light into every corner of the main room, and it gives us a sense of wellness in our confinement. It is indeed a sanctuary for us to breathe easy.”

 

– Sean Murphy, homeowner and builder

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The material palette is a combination of the client’s styles. While Sean loved recycled bricks and wanted them to be prominent in the home extension, his wife, Maddy, loved all things white. This brought together a hand-laid brick façade that conceals a crispness indoors. “The repetition of bricks on the façade shows their agile adaptability to different architectural shapes. The nature of building with bricks by hand, one by one is a skilled craft by a bricklayer, who adds a human scale to the project,” Carla reflects.

The interior features a ‘confident use of white,’ with high ceilings and large windows to frame the outdoor greenery. Carla honoured the cottage by restoring plaster details in the architraves and traditional fireplace in the kids’ bedroom, with playful pink tones dotted throughout. In the extension, jutted windows in the living area create comfortable nooks for the children to be immersed in the outdoors. Two Jacaranda trees on the site anchor either side of the house’s architectural form.

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Carla Middleton Architecture bring a refreshed take on efficient family living to a classic Sydney cottage, now complete with a baby pink front door. Homeowner and builder Sean couldn’t be happier; “we hoped for something beautiful and thoughtful and what we have is all of those things and so much more,” he says.

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“The confident use of white internally and recycled bricks are my favourite materials.”

 

– Carla Middleton

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