Gazzard Griffiths

One Rose

 
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One
Rose

Architect

Gazzard Griffiths

Designed and Built

2002

Design Architect

Don Gazzard

Landscape Architect

Don Gazzard

Structural Engineers

Birzulis Associates

Address

Rose Street, Annandale

Specifications

2 Bedroom, Mezzanine Study / Guest Bed, 2 Bath, 2 Car (Garage)

Hydraulic Engineers

Thomsonkane

Photographer

© Michael Nicholson

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Introduction

The modest frontage of the 1890’s brick and tile, semi-detached terrace, located on leafy Rose Street in the suburb of Annandale gives few clues to the modernist interior within One Rose.

Occupying a corner block, respected Sydney architect Don Gazzard took best advantage of the slope and northerly orientation of the site, subverting the logic of the terrace and turning it 180 degrees. Entry is to the side off Nelson Street, between a Kevlar-clad garage and the existing cottage and is framed by a composition of brightly coloured walls and a signature glass block wall.

Ascending, past the reflection pool at eye level, into the courtyard the architecture doesn’t so much unfold as hit you squarely between the eyes as one enters the unexpected double height of the main living space, that incorporates sitting, dining and kitchen with mezzanine above.

The experience is in direct contrast to that of a Victorian cottage. The architect has not only reinvented the site but demonstrates that heritage can be respected and made relevant for living today. This is a house that allows you to live modern – pity the neighbours in their dim Victorian dwellings.

My attitude is a problem solving one, and by moving the entrance to the side of the house and lowering the living area I was able to create a more generous height living room facing north.”

Don Gazzard