Situated in coastal suburban Sydney, Mosman Minka respects the area's conservative built heritage but subverts its traditions by embracing Japanese sensibilities.
Retaining the original frontage, the rear spaces are enveloped by an oversized zinc canopy, whose vaulted forms lend spaciousness to an otherwise highly efficient footprint.
With a focus on placemaking, proportions, materiality and detailing draw from the family's collective memories.
The design embraces family life's dichotomies: it is at once calm and restful, an important counterpoint to hectic family life, whilst equally playful and punctuated by numerous moments of delight.
This project has been longlisted in the residential rebirth project category of Dezeen Awards 2021.
Architect: Downie North
Project: Mosman Minka