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Cowshed to contemporary home by Carterwilliamson Architects


Summer Hill-based architectural practice, Carterwilliamson Architects, has designed the Cowshed House project. The former cowshed has been converted into a contemporary home and is located in Sydney, Australia.

According to the architects: “The old cowshed in Glebe provided a rare opportunity to preserve some of the character and charm of this eclectic neighbourhood.


“The shed was simple, essentially a long brick wall that held the urban edge of corner and street and returned to house a few bedrooms in the place of the former stalls. It was the most basic of accommodation but was well situated, hugging the southern boundary with provision for a private, north facing courtyard.

“Our clients share a vision for gregarious family life which is reflected in their new contemporary home. The spaces are truly ‘open plan’, each room connected to the others and to the sunny, green courtyard that acts as a natural extension of the living spaces.


“Wherever possible the fabric of the original cowshed was preserved, but sadly much was structurally unsound. What was rebuilt carries the spirit of the cowshed, composed from a palette of simple, robust materials; concrete slabs polished as flooring, recycled bricks left as face for the internal walls and the timber structure exposed. Oiled timber doors and windows and corrugated cladding hint at the Australian pastural vernacular now all but forgotten in this rapidly gentrifying neighbourhood.”

Images courtesy of Brett Boardman Photography

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January 1, 2014 | Property | View comments

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