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Double Life House

Type
Houses
Completion
2015

Location
Surry Hills, NSW

Builder
Promena Projects, Ficus Constructions

Photographer
Kat Lu

This hideout is in a narrow inner-city terrace in Sydney, custom made for a dynamic duo and the double lives they both lead. Like Superman’s Secret Citadel, it is a protective cave-like fortress that immediately blocks out the hustle and bustle of the world outside. There is the sense of a calmer, quieter realm — a true place of retreat. An endless series of discovery and surprise gives a sense of seemingly limitless space, despite the modest footprint.

Double Life House works with the existing and incorporates honest and unpretentious materials to maintain the home’s integrity, strength and humility. Double Life House is for two introverts living in a world of extroverts. It is an attempt to keep them sane, to protect their true identities from the outside world. It is their hideout, their lair, their fortress of solitude. A mild mannered exterior but an interior made of steel and strength.

We are proud to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which Double Life House stands. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

Awards
NSW Architecture Awards
2016
Residential — Alterations & Additions

Double Life House

This hideout is in a narrow inner-city terrace in Sydney, custom made for a dynamic duo and the double lives they both lead. Like Superman’s Secret Citadel, it is a protective cave-like fortress that immediately blocks out the hustle and bustle of the world outside. There is the sense of a calmer, quieter realm — a true place of retreat. An endless series of discovery and surprise gives a sense of seemingly limitless space, despite the modest footprint.

Double Life House works with the existing and incorporates honest and unpretentious materials to maintain the home’s integrity, strength and humility. Double Life House is for two introverts living in a world of extroverts. It is an attempt to keep them sane, to protect their true identities from the outside world. It is their hideout, their lair, their fortress of solitude. A mild mannered exterior but an interior made of steel and strength.

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Type
Houses
Completion
2015

Location
Surry Hills, NSW

Builder
Promena Projects, Ficus Constructions

Photographer
Kat Lu

We are proud to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which Double Life House stands. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

Awards
NSW Architecture Awards
2016
Residential — Alterations & Additions