cosgriff house by christopher polly architect
cosgriff house by christopher polly architect cosgriff house by christopher polly architect
may 04, 2013

cosgriff house by christopher polly architect

‘cosgriff house’ by christopher polly architect

image © brett boardman photography 



a home in australia is given an subtle and transformative renovation by sydney-based architect christopher polly. the project retains its

original envelope as part of its environmental, economic and planning values while a substantial lower ground living volume is sensitively

inserted beneath the original fabric of the home. as the site tends towards the rear, the glazed addition extrudes the existing geometries of

the brick structure and creates a visually light extension that continues wall alignments, gutter levels and enclosing wall heights. the faceted

form is optimized to allow generous daylight to pervade the space and at once posits a interpreted mirror of the extant vernacular tectonic

palette and geometry.




extrapolation of wall alignments, wall heights and attachment of new work to the original dwelling

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exterior rear view

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existing geometries extended and subverted to present an interpreted mirrored slice of the original vernacular form

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the roof in particular reframes the home’s relationship to the tree-filled context, with its folds allowing access to north light and easterly views.

the majority of the project is carefully crafted within the retained masonry and hipped roof envelope. vaulted ceilings and skylights carved

within the original roof form expand interior volumes. an airy plan permits a generous stair void that expands to the lower level below, and

upwards to views of the sky. utilities located deep within the semi-subterranean rear of the lower ground enable direct connection of the

living space to the garden and jacaranda tree, while the re-worked ground floor above adds a bathroom, main bedroom and adaptable

bedroom or study area. fenestration placement improves natural light access and promotes passive ventilation, assisted by ceiling fans and

a roof venting system, using stack effect to exhaust trapped heat out of the original roof space.



(left) connections of rear spaces to the outside at night, (right) exterior detail view to the lower ground interior

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(left): view up to the ceiling forms at the base of the stair

(right): glimpse of connections to the living area below and garden setting and jacaranda beyond

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(left): folded ceiling arrangement and spatial relationships to the lower level below and upwards to sky and tree views

(right): vaulted ceilings to skylights expand volumes for access to light & sky within the middle of the ground floor

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(left): lower ground living room view towards the kitchen and semi-subterranean utilities at the rear

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kitchen interior

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singular expansive living space and connection to the garden and large jacaranda

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(left): stair hall view towards the rear

(right): upper level bathroom view

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folded roof beyond the original dwelling incorporating a sole fire-rated northern window along the boundary

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degrees of privacy offered by external retractable and adjustable venetian blinds

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floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level -1















project info: 



location: annandale, sydney, australiaarchitect: christopher polly structural engineer: sda structureshydraulic engineer: acor consultantsbuilder: r.g.gregson constructionsland size: 370 sqmfloor area: 167 sqmcompletion: december 2012



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication.see more project submissions from our readers here.

  • Beautiful piece of work. I would have liked to have seen the street facade and floor plan.

    Ron Smith says:
  • Hi,
    it is too bad, we don’t see the kichen very well.
    Do you have any other photos ?

    JLM Diffusion says:
  • really fantastic simple elev, section.
    i love it

    but i wonder why don’t u cut the rest ground?
    bcs of law?

    nkyb says:

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