The Narrowest House in Sydney Makes the Best of a Challenging Site
Haines House, located in the inner city Sydney suburb of Newtown opens up the living space to a small garden in a very challenging site.
A huge black cupboard forms a curious bulk seemingly “outside” the house.
This “exterior” seeming cupboard houses the kitchen plumbing and electrical in an alcove.
An outdoor toilet is housed in the deck portion.
The extreme siting constraints can be seen in the site plan.
A small homework study room in the rear has a window that opens towards the street at the far end of the site.
The narrow house buts up against the site boundary along each side at the back of the sink and it is expected that neighbouring houses will adjoin this as Sydney grows.
The house occupies the entirety of its narrow site with no windows to either side.
The only exception to the absence of windows at the sides is the one clerestory window above the sink cupboards.
The clerestory window is brought to the front of the storage to make the most of the small amount of available light to the side.
Now the extreme design makes sense.