Kreis Grennan Architecture’s Brick Aperture House brings a freestanding Petersham home into the 21st century with the addition of a contemporary double height volume at the rear, built with local recycled bricks.
The architect was tasked with preserving the existing structures historic links to Sydney’s Inner West past but add a considerable amount more floor space to the four bedroom home. Positioned on the ground floor is a new bathroom, laundry, kitchen and dining area with a double storey void over top. Positioned above on a mezzanine level is an open studio space with ensuite overlooking the dining space, rear garden and trees from the adjoining site, which provide shelter from the summer sun.
Through strategic placement of glazing, the new volume provides a beautiful view back to a historic sewer stack, in line with three chimneys of the existing dwelling, while the bricks blend seamlessly with heritage structures of the surrounding neighbourhood.
Photography: Michael Nicholson