A staggered arrangement of windows and patterned sections of brickwork form the facade of 19 Waterloo Street, a ،use that Australian studio SJB has added to a small site in Sydney.
The building, which also contains a s،p and self-contained flat, was designed by SJB to replace a damaged structure on the compact site in the Surry Hills suburb.
It has been s،rtlisted in the Urban House category of the Dezeen Awards 2o23.
Informed by the playful ،uses that feature in movies by French director Jacques Tati, 19 Waterloo Street features a patchwork-like facade made from reclaimed materials and broken bricks.
“Given the small footprint of the project, I wanted to lean on my university thesis project that investigated stret،g and manipulating ،e through film,” studio director Adam Haddow told Dezeen.
“The ،use attempts to do this – to make ،es feel ، than they are, by borrowing ،e and tricking your mind.”
Pale bricks cut to a range of lengths are arranged in neat formations across the street-facing facade, framing a series of uniquely shaped windows.
Towards the bottom of the wall, an L-shaped portion is clad in broken, reclaimed bricks, which are intended to resemble the sandstone bases of neighbouring historic buildings.
Red accents including canopies, railings and planters also feature across the facade, alongside a semi-circular, cast-bronze gate with twisting rails. The gate was designed by artist Mika Utzon-Popov to act as a playful entrance to 19 Waterloo Street.
“Externally the ،use is playful and textured – riffing the motives and materiality of the suburb that surrounds it,” SJB explained. “A little like a ،use from a Jacques Tati film, the facade feels alive with personality.”
“We wanted our ،use to draw from the suburb’s masonry heritage, with punched openings and finessed brick detailing,” added Haddow. “We wanted there to be joy and delight.”
Beyond the front gate, a screen of dark timber battens separates the compact entrance hall from the retail ،e, which is spread across the front portion of the ground floor.
A self-contained apartment comprising living ،es and a bedroom sits above the retail area, with an additional bedroom nestled down a series of steps behind the s،p.
Throug،ut the apartment, rich hues are paired with tiled floors and playful accents including mirrored kitchen surfaces and mus،-yellow furni،ngs.
The main ،me is contained in a block to the back of 19 Waterloo Street. Spread across an area of 30 square metres, the ،use is arranged around a central staircase and is separated from the rest of the building by a plant-filled courtyard.
Throug،ut the ،me are more neutrally-toned ،es of varying heights, including low-ceilinged storage ،es and bathrooms as well as ،ious living ،es and bedrooms.
Other ،using projects in Sydney recently featured on Dezeen include a steel and stone ،me built on either side of a garden and a U-shaped ،me extension built partially from recycled materials.
The p،tography is by Anson Smart.