A five-storey Victorian terrace in Sydney’s Paddington is transformed through a light-filled tower and modern addition by Smart Design Studio.
Sydney interior and architecture practice Smart Design Studio were entrusted with the sensitive renovation and extension of Lena, a grand 1880s home, undertaking their third project for their long-term client. The studio’s careful approach through scale and proportion creates a gentle dialogue between the existing and the new, with an underlying sense of quiet luxury.
A nod to the home’s history, the masonry wall adds warmth to the white Corian kitchen with Barazza cooktop, complete with ceramics from Ondene.
Inside the home, the studio have retained key period details like the ornate moldings, fireplaces and sculpted doorways, fusing them with a considered material palette of waxed rendered walls, grey terrazzo tiles and pale oak timber flooring, creating an easy transition between the old and the new.
The kitchen, dining and living room are positioned in the new rear double-height extension, retaining the original layout of the terrace, while the bedrooms, bathrooms, music room and study occupy the old part of the house. The newly-added tower contains a grand sweeping staircase and a lift, connecting both parts of the home as one.
William describes Lena as a building where old and new fit together like hand and glove. “You see remnants of old and parts of new together in a subtle way, so they aren’t playing against each other, where the shiny and new makes the old look crumbly,” he says.