The ‘Pod’ House stands as part of a one of the oldest and finest examples of stone terraces in Sydney. Built by Ebenezer Vickery in 1866 for works at his tannery, the heritage fabric is considered of rare value and possesses both historic and cultural significance.
This project has transformed one of the terraces into a contemporary residence with a focus on open plan spaces, natural light and creating a strong relationship with the rear landscape garden. The concept for the project revolved around the insertion of a service ‘pod’ that incorporates all primary service and storage functions of the house in an intensely planned compact space. The American Oak Veneer clad central pod incorporates key kitchen storage, laundry, powder room, stairs, bookshelves, wine storage and all building services.
Grouping all these functions centrally and in one compact unit has created unencumbered large open living spaces and maximised the amount of original fabric that is on show and preserved. The crisp detailing of the central pod contrast wonderfully with the rustic nature of the existing sandstone walls and the oak of the veneer and floor boards provides a generous warmth.
New bedrooms and limestone clad bathrooms are provided on the upper level structured around a light well that provides light deep into the living level below.
David Sutherland was the Project Director and Design Architect for this project whilst employed by TKD Architects.