Double Bay House

The site is located on a relatively flat rectangular corner block in Double Bay, Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. Originally, a 2 storey cottage first known as “Customs House’ was constructed in the 1880s – since then, a number of additions and renovations have taken place.

The most recent includes a separate 2 storey cottage built towards the northern part of the site linked by a single storey structure.

Our approach was to retain the existing Customs House on the corner which although not Heritage Listed made a positive contribution to the existing streetscape. The new addition was to be clearly defined, distinct and separate from the original structure.

A glazed atrium housing the circulation zones was created between the new and old structures. A  concrete block is then inserted and attached around the north and eastern part of the site which frees up much needed outdoor space for the yard and pool area.

Living areas have been inverted to the top floor maximising views towards Double Bay Beach. Operable screens provide visual privacy and solar protection to these areas.

Location Double BayYear 2018Credits photography: Tom Ferguson

MHN Design Union acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation and their Elders past, present, and future.