Located in Surry Hills, Alvaros' design, completed in August 2010, proposes an alternative housing prototype, that builds upwards rather then outwards. Built on reclaimed urban space, this residence has a foot print no bigger then the average suburban garage (7m x 6m), yet gives generous spaces to it's occupants (205sqm).
The spaces in the house are designed using zones. At ground level is located, spaces for utility, parking, bicycle and general storage. The first floor is for sleeping and bathroom facilities. The second floor is living space. The third floor is for food preparation, dining and entertainment. Finally at roof level is a garden terrace.
The stair void that links all the zones in the house assists in the natural flow of air between the levels and large sliding windows allow abundant daylighting and natural ventilation, while framing city views.
See more photos at the Woods Bagot website.
For a real insight into the design and construction of the building check out Grand Designs Australia, Series 1, Episode 2.