Petersham in Sydney’s inner-west is home to many great things, like Frangos Charcoal Chicken, for one. It’s also where you can find the Unfurled House by Christopher Polly Architect. Though you wouldn’t know it from its quaint, Federation masonry facade, Unfurled House is a super modern and spacious two-storey home. The front of the house retains the original portion of the house, while the new rear portion carefully and naturally connects to it.
The award-winning house is formed by a series of interconnected spaces, which create an open living environment for their inhabitants. The upstairs has been designed in a way that you can still see the lower part of the house. It seems almost suspended over the downstairs. Living and eating spaces spill into each other with ease. Unfurled House is also flooded with natural light, which can be controlled by exterior and interior blinds.
A great deal of attention was paid to getting the acoustics of the space right. If you’ve ever lived under a flight path, you’ll know why. Insulation and internal linings were employed to help mitigate external noise penetrating the house.
A spacious home with a clean and light aesthetic, Unfurled House is a beautiful part of Sydney’s inner-west. In a way, it’s almost representative of the area as a whole; a well-designed mix of old and new, history and modernity. It’s definitely up there for one of our favourite house renovations in Sydney.