Tiny Sydney terrace, opened out

By Penny Craswell

A four-metre-wide terrace in Sydney’s Surry Hills has been transformed from a dark, cramped space into a light-filled home with clean lines and balanced proportions thanks to architecture practice Benn & Penna.

Sydney Terrace by Benn & Penna. Photo: Tom Ferguson
Sydney Terrace by Benn & Penna. Photo: Tom Ferguson

The new bedrooms and bathrooms are located above an open-plan living space that opens onto intimate garden spaces at either end of the property. In order to increase the liveable space in the house, these have been treated as outdoor rooms. Read more

Video: Bjarke Ingels on architecture as fiction

“If documentary is to document our world as it already is, fiction is to fantasise about what it could be. In that sense, architecture is the fiction of the real world. Turning dreams into concrete reality with bricks and mortar. Architecture is the canvas for the stories of our lives.”

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG has created an engaging and inventive video sharing some of his ideas about how architecture allows fantasies about the future to become reality. I like the mountain apartments in particular which create a pyramid-like stepping structure so you can have your garden apartment with views in a multi-storey residential tower. And the drawings are fun and well done.

Check out the video on archdaily.