Natural Light Floods this Home Extension

Words by Anthony Richardson

Our homes here in Australia are the largest in the world, however what Tom Robertson Architects shows us is bigger isn't necessarily  better. Princes Hill uses a modest footprint but gives back much more, proving that "Less is More".


Inner-city blocks provide a wealth of challenges when designing extensions, namely narrow and small sites, and access to natural light. Situated in North Carlton, Princess Hill by Tom Robertson Architects cleverly addressed these challenges.

Natural light makes a difference to a space, and even with a small footprint, if you can flood the area with natural light it will feel bigger. Tom Robertson Architects looked at raising the roof structure which contains east facing clerestory windows and adding a range of skylights allows light to flood the open plan living, dining and kitchen, which is divided by an existing fireplace. Wet areas are known for being dimly lit, usually through a small window. However this house incorporated glass ceilings, and looking at the photo, it would make showering an experience.

The existing terrace was renovated, and brought back to its former beauty. Despite the modest 120m² area, Tom Robertson Architects and the builder, 2ic Construction has created an inviting, open, comfortable place for the clients to enjoy for years to come.

The main challenge was the scale of the site. but also building boundary to boundary and having a terrace to the south made it difficult to bring light into the house.
— Tom Robertson Architects
© Kris Washusen

© Kris Washusen

Project Information

Project Name _ Princes Hill
Architect _ Tom Robertson Architects |
Location _ Carlton North
Area _ 120m²
Project Completed _ 2014
Photographer _ Kris Washusen
Builder _ 2ic Construction

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