The Charing Cross residence is part of a set of sandstone terraces, which were built by Ebenezer Vickery in 1866 for workers at his tannery. As one of the oldest and finest examples of stone terraces in Sydney, the heritage fabric is considered of rare value and possesses both historic and cultural significance.
The worker’s cottage has been transformed into a contemporary residence with the inclusion of open plan spaces, utilisation of natural light, concealed storage/utilities and the extension of space through the blending of interior and exterior lines.
The interior concept was to provide a transitional zone between the existing heritage fabric and the new contemporary living space. The central “core” is defined by American White Oak veneer. The oak floorboards and veneer provide a warm earth tone to the space and compliments the rustic nature of the sandstone.
The core is saddled by two functional zones – study desk and containment of kitchen pantry and refrigerators. The centre of the core is occupied by a staircase between the ground and first floors, with the powder room and laundry facilities neatly concealed underneath.