Sustainable design and family versatility were the key drivers behind this New South Wales Sky House, designed by Marra + Yeh Architects.
The ‘forever home’ was built for a family of five, bringing together adjoining terraces in Redfern, Sydney to achieve a contemporary and flexible family home.
With sustainability at the forefront of the design brief, the architects sought out sustainably-sourced building materials, along with a water and energy-efficient structure.
Approaching the build with a climate-responsive design, Marra + Yeh’s architects worked closely with timber supplier Big River Group to incorporate Armourply, Armourtread, Armourpanel and Armourform throughout the home.
The locally-sourced, sustainable timbers offer structural and aesthetic attributes, while achieving the kind of versatility and strength the designer’s needed for finishes, joinery and furniture.
“The family took great care in all materials being used for the creation of their dream home and this is why the use of Big River products was crucial in the process,” says Carol Marra, Director of Marra + Yeh Architects.
Embracing an abundance of natural light, the architects opened up the house with a stunning sky window.
“The way the house is calibrated to climate and environment is not normally found in terrace houses. This is showcased through the internal atrium and sky window, which opens the heart of the house to the outdoors and connects occupants to nature on a daily basis,” notes Marra.
The contemporary aesthetic elements and sustainable craftsmanship transforms the Sydney terrace house into an “experience of the seasons”, creating a unique connection with nature.