Surry Hills HouseContemporary Deck, Sydney

A tiny 65m site with only 3m of internal width posed some interesting design challenges.

The Victorian terrace façade will have a loving touch up, however entering through the front door; a new kitchen has been inserted into the middle of the plan, before stepping up into a light filled new living room. Large timber bifold doors open out onto a timber deck and extend the living area into the compact courtyard. A simple green wall adds a punctuation mark of colour to the space.

A two-storey light well, pulls natural light into the heart of the ground and first floor plan, with an operable skylight allowing stack ventilation to keep the interiors cool through the Summer months. The open plan design and simple detailing give the impression of a much larger space on a very tight urban site.

Photography by Huw Lambert

Contemporary rooftop deck in Sydney with a vertical garden. —  Houzz
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What Houzz contributors are saying:

Joanna Tovia added this to Best of the Week: 34 Decks That Deliver27 September 2018

29. Location: Surry Hills, NSWDesigner: Angus Mackenzie ArchitectFeatures: No more lawn mowing is required in this backyard.

Joanna Tovia added this to Lose the Lawn to Make Way for Low-Maintenance Outdoor Living17 August 2016

This homeowner has taken low-maintenance to a new level, turning the whole backyard into a deck. Adding a green wall makes the most of the outdoor area’s modest proportions, without taking up valuable space; in fact 13 per cent of Houzzers claimed that they had added in this feature.

Joanna Tovia added this to How to Master Minimalism Outdoors13 March 2016

Leave some empty spaceA sense of spaciousness is essential in any minimalist space, and that means resisting the urge to give every bit of decking a purpose. With minimalism, emptiness is the purpose. In this tiny three-metre-wide courtyard at the back of a Victorian-style terrace, leaving much of the deck empty dramatically increases the sense of space, an approach architect Angus Mackenzie used throughout the home. Timber bi-fold doors open the house up to the courtyard, where a green wall punctuates the space. “The open-plan design and simple detailing give the impression of a much larger space on a very tight urban site,” says Mackenzie.

Emily Hutchinson added this to 14 Courtyards That Soak Up the Sun18 February 2016

8. Simple yet stylishIf you have a small courtyard, it can be a good idea to go for a more minimalist approach so it looks bigger. Angus Mackenzie Architects designed this simple outdoor space in Sydney’s Surry Hills with comfy furniture and a small green wall as the only decor.

My Verandah added this to From the Pros: Expert Tips on Creating a Vertical Garden29 September 2014

Creating a focal pointVertical gardens are a terrific tool for building interest where there was none before. They are able to grab your attention and draw you through a space. This inner city courtyard could be quite drab without the drama of the green wall at one end.

Joanna Tovia added this to Open Sesame: 8 Rear Extensions That Bring the Outside in4 June 2014

Timber bi-fold doors extend the new living space out into a compact courtyard. A vertical garden adds greenery, and there’s still room left for the clothesline, albeit one that folds flat against the wall.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Matthew added this to 451 Albert Ideas5 November 2019

Love how the area can become part of outside

Kelsea Hecht added this to Backyard17 October 2019

Amazing entrance for a backyard

Dianne S added this to Dianne's ideas24 September 2019

like the private area with gate

drdugan0 added this to Exteriors13 July 2019

Flow between inside and outside with larger slider and clerestory and wood decking.

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