Paddington | Butterfly House










Michelle Walker Architects Paddington Butterfly House is a contemporary alteration & addition to a two storey 1880’s terrace house in Paddington, Sydney, NSW. The house is in a conservation area within the City of Sydney Council area, is the middle terrace in a row of three houses, and has rear lane access with a garage.

The design approach was to restore the original front rooms of the terrace, alter the existing rear wing, add new rooms to the back of the house, and create a new studio over the garage off the lane. The house now features spacious, flexible and light filled living spaces, which are continuous throughout the ground floor and are connected via the private outdoor courtyard and rear yard, to the studio above the garage.

The new butterfly roof to the house & studio is derived from the slope of the existing rear skillion roof, and is a contemporary response to capture east & northern sunlight, frame views of the sky and surrounding trees, while ensuring privacy in an urban residential context.

The house has been transformed into a contemporary family home, to satisfy the ongoing needs of a growing modern family in the 21st century.