Concert Hall House
Reimagining the potential of a compact inner-city site, the house sits comfortably within the heritage context whilst providing dramatic interior spaces, reminiscent of great music halls. Located in Paddington on the end of a strip of terrace houses dating back to the 1880’s, the Concert Hall House is a highly personalised response to the clients brief for a space where music can take centre stage.
A full restoration of the principal building form was undertaken with the original fabric being retained and refurbished wherever possible. Conceived to sit comfortably in its heritage context, the new addition responds to the scale and pitched roof forms of the adjacent houses; the smooth off form concrete and complete lack of ornament presenting an unmistakably modern counterpoint. A large skylight which spans the width of the site articulates the new and old volumes and allows natural light into the long, narrow site.
The unadorned exterior of the concrete addition contrasts with the sculpted interior which has been carefully formed to provide an optimal listening experience. Pleated concrete walls and ceiling of the new addition have been specifically calibrated for the space and the client’s audio equipment; a full height wall of folded aluminium panels completes the sound stage and conceal an extensive music collection.
On the ground floor, a central pod conceals the staircase and amenities, freeing up the rest of the interior space and delineating the piano and listening rooms. The floor level steps down into the main listening area, following the slope of the natural ground level to maximise the height in the main living space and creating a fluid connection to the external courtyard.