Our family home in Australia was built on a small 133m2 rear block in Highgate, 10 mins from the city centre.
This was a great opportunity to design a house that met our needs while also responding to the area’s heritage buildings. The result was a compact brick house with a gable roof, split over three levels.
It had a ground floor for living, eating and playing in the garden, a first floor for sleeping, and a loft level under the roof, a multi-use open plan area not in the original brief yet a big bonus, adding experience and value to the property.
The exterior red Flemish bond brick was inspired by the primary school across the road, while exposed concrete and timber with large openings on the inside created a warm, light and fresh atmosphere and wonderful views across Highgate and the city skyline.