Stephen Varady Asssociates
Stephen Varady is a highly respected architect with 30 years experience. He is also a writer/critic/photographer, and educator. He is Director of Stephen Varady Associates a practice for Architecture, Design, Consulting and Special Projects. Stephen Varady has become known for innovative, sensitive and striking projects. Stephen has received a number of Awards from the Australian Institute of Architects, the Belle House of the Year Award, a number of Dulux Colour Awards including the 2006 Dulux Colour Award Grand Prix, and 2nd Prize in the NSW Government sponsored Circular Quay Urban Design Ideas Competition. Stephen’s projects have been internationally published and recognised.
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A modest single-storey federation terrace front conceals an innovative two-storey 4 bedroom house. This new design subverts the conventional terrace-house configuration by creating a spiral circulation path through the new house. With north to the front of the house, a courtyard was inserted into the centre of the plan to draw natural light and sunshine into the previously dark spaces at the rear of the house. The stair was positioned to face north so that it would also double as a lightshaft bringing the low winter sunshine (as seen in the photos taken in june) into the rear kitchen and dining spaces. The client’s desire was for a white house, as a backdrop for artworks and special personal items, but the stair was to be a special feature with a strong, bright colour. Red was chosen as that colour ‘ creating a beautiful red tube, charging the senses each time one travels up or down the stair. At different times of the day and during the different seasons, the quality of light passing through the stairwell shifts from subtle to dramatic, bathing the lower spaces in strong sunshine or soft light. the living, dining + kitchen areas are all in one, reducing their overall size while maintaining a feeling of space. this feeling of space is further heightened by ‘borrowing’ space from the adjacent central courtyard and rear garden.