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October 6, 2022

As the soothing colours of its interior spill into the garden space, Turramurra Threads feels deliberately nestled into its outdoor complement. Crafted by Benn + Penna, the calming family house is filled with a sense of peace resulting from its understated design.

Surrounded by charming heritage builds on the northern outskirts of Sydney, Turramurra Threads reimagines an existing Victorian construction. The design brief called for the historic front windows and delicate ceiling detail of the calming family house to be retained whilst an extension be added to the rear, celebrating established architecture in unison with modern amenity.

Featuring the original façade, the calming family house captures a simple spatial plan, directing residents from the old structure into the new. A secondary living space and master bedroom sits perpendicular to the entrance corridor, which leads onto three bedrooms and a study. Beyond, the extension forms a primary living pavilion, opening at its far end to reveal the garden.

Rays of sunlight penetrate the calming family house from three points of entry, indicating a studious approach to natural lighting and building materials. The beams enter from a small pocket garden that serves as a transparent border between the historic and additional architecture and a large skylight positioned on the southern slope of the roof.

Enhancing the functionality of a heritage home, Benn + Penna creates an open interior design that engages the garden space. Turramurra Threads is built to embrace the natural surrounds, using its subtle properties to establish a calming family house.

00:00 - An Introduction to the Calming Family House
00:30 - Location of the Home
00:43 - The Clients of the Project
01:23 - The Original House
01:51 - The Architects Brief
02:05 - Connecting the House to the Garden
02:25 - Using a Neutral Palette and Natural Materials
03:14 - The Importance of Light in the House
03:45 - The Large Skylight
04:07 - The Arch in the Living Room
04:24 - The New Extension of the Home

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Photography by Tom Ferguson.
Architecture and Interior Design by Benn + Penna.
Build by Corvus Primesite.
Landscape Architecture by Landart.
Engineering by SDA Structures.
Filmed and Edited by O&Co. Homes.
Production by The Local Project.
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