The Cut-away Roof House adds much needed space to an existing semi-detached interwar house in Sydney. Instead of continuing the landscape of tile and tin roofs, Australian design studio Scale Architecture chose to clad the entire structure in timber and reinterpret the typical pitched roof house form by cutting away a part of the volume.
The 2-story house functions as an addition to an existing semi-detached house located on the city’s lower north side. The clients required additional space and a compact volume with lots of natural lighting. In order to fulfill this need, the architects created a C-shaped layout with a cut-out in the outer shell that allows daylight into the house. A courtyard dominates the ground floor and is surrounded by the living room, dining area and kitchen. These surrounding areas vary in height and orientation. Upstairs, the bedroom provides views of the garden.
The timber cladding-a mix of AFS certified north coast hardwood timber– references the surrounding architecture by blending into the visual context, while bringing in an element of contemporary design. Due to the delicate balance between traditional and contemporary, the addition both stands out and belongs to the location.
Photos by Brett Boardman