Brick House by Andrew Burges Architects

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Location: Bondi, Sydney, Australia

Area: 310 m2

Year: 2016


2017 IDEA Awards

Architects: Andrew Burges Architects

Project Team: Andrew Burges, Chris Mullaney, Celia Carroll, Anna Field, Chris Su, Mitchell Bonus.

Builder: Kraken Projects

Photography is by Peter Bennetts

Our brief for this new two storey dwelling was for a family home of 5 bedrooms, a study and associated living rooms on a wide block in Bondi. The concept proposed a brick base with three ‘bridges’ spanning across the brickwork, creating an internal rhythm of bedroom volumes and double high skylight voids that define the interior.

The design continues our investigation of how to create privacy from neighbouring dwellings while maintaining  connections to landscape and the sky. For this, Brick House utilised  large glazed windows above the brick walls detailed to have no visible evidence of window framing, creating the illusion that all public spaces of the interior are open to the external elements beyond. The floor introduces a subtle topography into the flat site with level changes at the living and dining area to create thresholds within the open plan arrangement.

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All images courtesy of  Andrew Burges Architects


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Andrew Burges


Andrew Burges studied architecture at the University of Sydney, where he graduated with first class honours and the University Medal in 1992.

As the recipient of the Frank Knox Fellowship to Harvard University, the Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship, and the University of Sydney Hezlet Bequest, Andrew completed a Master of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, graduating with Distinction in 1996. Andrew has 25  years’ experience in architectural practice, including 15  years as principal of Andrew Burges Architects. Prior to forming his practice in 2001 Andrew worked in firms in Sydney, New York and Boston, developing expertise in large scale urban master planning and urban housing proposals, civic and sporting structures associated with the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and school campus planning. In his role as a design architect at Bruce James and Partners, Andrew was responsible for the winning entry of the Sydney Olympic Village Competition.

While working as a design architect at Bligh Voller Nield (BVN) Andrew worked successfully on competition-winning multi-residential designs for the International Gardens Park and Four Seasons Development in Pudong, China and the Centre for Christianity and Culture in Canberra. Andrew’s work in practice as principal of ABA has been published extensively and exhibited both locally and internationally, including the 2008 Venice Biennale, and the 2005 ‘Out From Under: Contemporary Australian Architecture Now’, exhibition in San Francisco, Seattle, Hong Kong and China. More recently ABA were the inaugural winner of the Think Brick Open Face competition 2011, shortlisted in the Australia House Competition in Japan, 2011, and the winner of City of Sydney’s International Design Competition for the Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre.


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Andrew Burges Architects

32/61 Marlborough St,
Surry Hills NSW 2010
(02) 9331 7433


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