This project questions the contemporary default of simply opening the back of the house up to the yard and making things bigger.
The kitchen is often the fulcrum of a house, no matter where it is located in plan. The kitchen of this grand inner-city terrace, typically located in the rear wing, was visually separated from a small courtyard to the rear. Rather than relocating the kitchen, we used its current position to re-focus the internal and external spaces around it; shifting the relationships between spaces, recalibrating apertures, detailing thresholds and connections, framing views and creating backdrops.
The rich detailing of the kitchen – copper, timber, marble, steel - extends out to the rear and side courtyards, with steel benches, timber cobbles, stone and concrete detailing. This richness gives the relatively small spaces a significance and substance that belies their modest size.
Photographer: Katherine Lu