Upside Down House

Abbotsford / Canada / 2021

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Upside Down House is an alterations and additions to a single storey Victorian terrace for a growing family of four including Daisy the golden retriever. An undulating roof form on the new first floor is punctuated with large west-facing skylights that reveal the changing sky. A golden and reflective ceiling lining to this sculptural roof form transforms the house into a giant heliostat, drawing light deep into the ground level areas of the existing terrace. The ceiling also acts to animate the house as people and pets move through the space. The act of living is projected back to the occupants in fleeting ways – capturing playful communication and presenting an alternative perspective of everyday life. The gold throughout the home cheekily references the livelihood of the clients.


Custom screening to glazing throughout the upper level mediates the views in and out of spaces, to ensure privacy to adjacent dwellings whilst maximising light intake. A large south facing window and terrace provide views of the city, neighbouring rooftops and local trees, whilst deftly avoiding neighbouring private open space.


A new roof terrace to the front expands the first floor living spaces externally, connecting residents with activity on the street below. A beautiful existing brick chimney is central to the terrace and forms a strong focal point whilst providing a perspective of domestic life and Carlton North heritage that is not commonly experienced.

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    Upside Down House is an alterations and additions to a single storey Victorian terrace for a growing family of four including Daisy the golden retriever. An undulating roof form on the new first floor is punctuated with large west-facing skylights that reveal the changing sky. A golden and reflective ceiling lining to this sculptural roof form transforms the house into a giant heliostat, drawing light deep into the ground level areas of the existing terrace. The ceiling also acts to animate the...

    Project details
    • Year 2021
    • Work finished in 2021
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Single-family residence / Interior Design / Custom Furniture / Building Recovery and Renewal
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