Cleveland Rooftop

Redfern NSW Australia

This rooftop addition to the original Demco Machinery building is a new structure spanning between two original rooftop elements: the goods lift enclosure and overrun (now the master bedroom and study) and the emergency escape stair (now bedroom 3).

The approach architecturally was to realise a garden that you happened to live in, rather than an apartment surrounded by greenery. The private garden draws on and complements the adjoining communal roof garden, while delivering a single private oasis dwelling. In contrast to the communal garden, the private garden is predominantly native, creating an oasis for indigenous birds and insects of the city. This small piece of landscape in the sky aims to contribute to the opportunistic network of small inner city native landscape spaces and public parks that provide respite for fauna.

Internally the apartment is organised around connections to the sky. A number of skylights punctuate the plan, delivering light to the entry lobby, bathrooms and internalised corridor. In addition, a deep cut within the living space punctuates the plan, bringing the landscape into the home – helping to dissolve the interior/exterior interface.

While the private sleeping spaces of the dwelling are formal, the living spaces are relaxed and open. This strategy has been employed to create a sense of drama to the dwelling and to allow easy compartmentalisation to ensure privacy when multiple generations are visiting.



2019 Dulux Colour Awards, Residential, Finalist

2019 Frame Awards, Large Apartment of the Year, Jury Winner

2018 Architizer A+ Awards, Residential - Apartment, Jury Winner

2018 Houses Awards, Apartment or Unit, Commendation

2018 Houses Awards, Sustainability, Commendation

2017 INSIDE, World Festival of Interiors, Residential, Jury Winner

2017 Best Design Awards, Residential - Repurposed Spaces, Jury Winner

2017 IDEA, Residential - Single, Highly Commended

2017 IDEA, Residential Decoration, Highly Commended

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