Folded & Rolled: Skylight House by Chenchow Little

Playing with lines as if they were cake icing,
this house extension & utter transformation 
of Skylight House by Sydney architects Chenchow Little,
balances crisp simple geometry with the most lusciously 
scooped ceiling swathes.


 Look closely.
The raw concrete steps run straight through
from the courtyard to the interior,
while the glass merely floats above & around them.
The extension wraps around an existing banksia tree,
providing a restful & beautiful verdant focus point.
 Here is the Victorian front facade 
of wrought iron lace & plastered mouldings,
sitting in a street of various architectural styles.
{The entire streetfront is heritage listed.} 
The front gives no hint to what may lay inside...
Easy to see why it gained the name of "skylight house",
because the emphasis on shafts of light against shadow
feature both in the courtyard & from these amazing ceilings.
With spotted gum timber, raw concrete finishes & 
a simplicity of line throughout,
this is a very restful and calming house, 
which belies the business of the street outside. 

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Architects: Chenchow Little
Images: TCH