blinker house exterior

Blinker House is an extension to a 1927 Australian period home in a heritage conservation area of Hunters Hill, Sydney.

Australian period home Hunters Hill

The existing home already had a 1980s renovation to the rear, which did not suit the client.

Therefore, the brief was for a new rear extension with a contemporary open-plan layout with some modifications to existing bedrooms at the front of the house. However, it was also important to consider privacy, as a neighbouring property had an entertaining area that backed directly on the rear of the client’s property.

Design response

blinker house privacy

The architect decided to create a “blinker” between the two properties, which helped create privacy and create an architectural direction for the rear façade.

Due to the width of the rear addition and the need for natural light and ventilation, highlight glazing was used.

Brickwork removed from the existing home was re-used in the addition to create texture and give it a historical reference point. Some period features were also reinstated and refurbished throughout to create a legible contrast between old and new.

Overall, the materials used were textured, classic and functional, reflecting a modern style of living that also respects tradition. Although legible, the connection between old and new is subtle. The open-plan space to the rear also blurs the lines between inside and outside, opening up to a green rear yard.  

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