The 1905 former army drill hall in Leichhardt, in Sydney’s inner west, has been reimagined as a relaxing home for its new owners.

Combining architecture and interior design elements, our design approach responded to the existing structure and building fabric; the site’s orientation and generous garden; and the owners’ desire for entertaining spaces and private retreat zones.

Although not listed on the local heritage register, we salvaged and restored surviving original details, and removed unsympathetic earlier additions to make way for contemporary insertions.

Now, the historic arched brick entryway provides access directly into the hall, where living, dining and kitchen areas flow together, opening to a sunny terrace. Above this space, two new mezzanine lofts accommodate a guest suite and study, with private terraces set into the roofline.

Downstairs – at garden level – the lower ground floor was entirely rebuilt as the main bedroom suite, and it opens to the newly landscaped large garden and upgraded pool area.


Leichhardt, NSW


Australian Institute of Architects – NSW Architecture Awards – Shortlist – Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions), 2020

HOUSES Awards – Shortlist – House in a Heritage Context, 2020

HOUSES Awards – Shortlist – House Alterations & Additions Over 200m², 2020


Archello, 2020

ArchDaily, 2020

ArchitectureAU, 2020

Architecture Now, 2020

The Design Files, 2020

The Local Project, 2020

HOUSES, 2020

The Daily Telegraph, 2020

The Australian, Mansion Magazine, 2020


Justin Alexander