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“Everyone who visits is
struck by the light and
the connection with the
courtyard garden; it makes
you forget you are in the
middle of Glebe.”
05 Sliding wood-frame doors open on to the shared kitchen,
dining room and living space, a somewhat narrow and yet freely
flowing area with smooth, polished, heated concrete flooring.
06 A big, pivoting, wood door leadsfrom the street to the central
grass yard with stepping stones.
of terraces, which, along with an eye-
catching undulating metal roof deck,
signify it as a distinctive landmark. By
folding the roof back where it faces the
street corner, Shaun cleverly reduced the
impact of the second storey.
The interior reflects Nikki and
Guillermo’s vision for a gregarious family
life. The spaces are very much open-plan,
each room connecting with the next and
out to the sunny, green courtyard, which
acts as an extension of the living spaces.
The cowshed sits under a big jacaranda
tree, further adding to the captivating
character of the property.
The kitchen is situated at the street
corner, concealed behind the strong brick
envelope, which then unfolds into the
dining and living rooms. The building
width was expanded from three to four
metres, and a mezzanine put over the
kitchen to host the master bedroom.
The two secondary bedrooms remain
in the location of the former stalls.
Perhaps the home also reflects the
owners’ cultural heritage somewhat –
Nikki hails from Ireland, while
Guillermo is from Venezuela. The kids’
bedrooms come replete with requisite
hammocks, which were tucked into
the L- shaped plan with a vivid red
bathroom, a nod to Guillermo’s proud
Venezuela n heritage.
A ribbon of high clerestory windows
captures light and breeze, wrapping the
building and climbing upward with the
roofline, allowing for privacy but driving
light down into the building’s core.
“Everyone who visits is struck by the light
and the connection with the courtyard
garden; it makes you forget you are in the
middle of Glebe,” says Shaun. “I think
everyone is also surprised by the efficient
planning. It packs a lot in for a little site.”
Wherever possible the existing building
fabric of the original cowshed was
preserved. Sadly, however, much
was structurally unsound. “What was
rebuilt carries the spirit of the cowshed,
composed from a palette of simple, robust
materials that simultaneously address the
restraints of the tight budget,” says Shaun.
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