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Unfurled House by Christopher Polly Architect
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The Unfurled House, by Christopher Polly Architect, consists of the original structure with a Federation masonry front and a new, two-story framed volume attached. Located in Petersham, Sydney, Australia, the addition creates a split-level design when connected to the original scale, helping to blend in with the larger and smaller houses in the neighborhood.

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In the back of the house, “wedges” project out to create additional storage on the ground floor terrace. It also allows for a built-in daybed in the public living space and a private reading area upstairs in the bedroom.

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The addition’s windows help bring additional natural light to the interior, along with encouraging passive ventilation.

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An opening in the ceiling gives the illusion of more space while filtering additional light to the ground floor.

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Photos by Brett Boardman Photography.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.