In May - 'At Home' Visits Balmain

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On Sunday 26 May 'At Home' visits 'Balmain Rock', a residence in Balmain, designed by Benn + Penna.

Andrew Benn, Director of Benn + Penna, will talk about the design process and lead you through the alterations and additions to an 1860’s built, sandstone cottage, in the historical precinct of Balmain East.

Benn + Penna's brief was conventionally driven, with a desire for a larger and better-connected family zones to accommodate contemporary living.

A new concrete pavilion is built to the rear containing new kitchen/dining space, as well as bedrooms, bathrooms and a void space. Conceptually, the concrete pavilion is conceived as an augmented duplicate of the existing cottage in scale and hipped roof geometries.

Garden elements are interwoven with the building form, enhancing the experience of space and finding opportunity for light and air to penetrate, despite its narrow perimeters.

As one meanders through Balmain Rock, spaces unfold, providing a rich and interconnected series of spaces for contemporary living.


Benn + Penna is a small award winning practice offering services in architecture and interior design.

Based in Pyrmont and Palm Beach, the firm specialises in residential alterations and new houses, along with small-to-medium scale commercial fitouts and public spaces.

The application of sustainable design to their projects ensures that their buildings carefully respond to the seasons, blending inside and out with an abundance of natural light and ventilation, and materials selected for low environmental impact and longevity.

Before setting up his own architectural practice in 2012, Director, Andrew Benn, worked within some of the most highly regarded architectural offices in Australia and abroad, including the renowned Dutch office of UN Studio in Amsterdam, and the Sydney offices of Engelen Moore and BVN.

Andrew Benn regularly contributes articles on architecture and design to the national home renovation magazine InsideOUT.


Location: Balmain East NSW
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 26 May 2019
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $45 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this privately owned residence, numbers are limited. Book your place on the tour, click here.

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  • Article: Annette Dearing & Vanessa Couzens
  • Images: Balmain Rock, designed by Benn + Penna (Photographs: Supplied by Benn + penna)