Project: Allen Key House
Architects: Architect Prineas
Location: Sydney, Australia
Area: 2,368 sq ft
Photographs by: Chris Warnes
Allen Key House by Architect Prineas
The Allen Key House is a modern home located in Lane Cove, a suburb on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, Australia. Architect Prineas undertook a renovation and addition project in which he took the existing 1930’s Californian Bungalow house and brought a new sense of space through a spacious kitchen combined with living spaces in an open floor plan. Furthermore, the interior was connected to the garden which made the relatively small home feel a lot bigger.
Even though the budget wasn’t too large, the outside of the box thinking by the architects accomplished the initial brief and also managed to create a home that sings minimalism and simplicity.
From the architects: “Allen Key House is a renovation to the rear of a 1930s Californian Bungalow, located in Sydney’s leafy North Shore.
The brief was to reconfigure the existing house, creating generous kitchen and living spaces with a connection to the garden.
The rear addition is connected to the original dwelling via a small link, distinguishing between the old and new. The link creates two internal courtyards that serve the ensuite and study.
Faced with an extremely tight budget, the design started with a shed-like structure that would be simple to build. Ways to bring in light were explored through the manipulation of the roof. The highlight windows draw views of the treetops into the kitchen and living areas, creating a strong connection between the interior and leafy surrounds.”