Customs House

This project transformed a historically significant family home in Sydney’s Double Bay into a heritage-sensitive yet modern dwelling. Our task was to create an entirely new addition to the late Victorian cottage known as Customs House, which, although not heritage listed, has commanded a significant presence in the streetscape since 1880. Harmonising traditional elements and contemporary upgrades, we remedied several previous renovations which didn’t make full use of the site or adequately accommodate busy family life.

The result is a visual juxtaposition between heritage and modern architecture. The contemporary structure sits boldly beside the veteran, an admission of architectural diversity rather than an attempt to conceal modern updates. Despite the lack of obscuration, there exists an unlikely accord between both the heritage and modern buildings, which evokes a warmth and genuineness from both the external perspective, and internally, aided by the softening element of established trees which border both separate but unified structures.

Location Double BayYear 2018Credits Photography Tom Ferguson, Interiors Lawless & Meyerson

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.