3 Prince Albert Street

CategoryHeritage Conservation
ArchitectTanner Kibble Denton Architects Pty Ltd

A contemporary pavilion and floating timber box are discretely juxtaposed against a carefully revived grand federation locally listed heritage house in Mosman.

The ground floor entry, living and outdoor areas flow seamlessly from the rooms of the original home opening up to covered outdoor areas, rear lawn and swimming pool.

The garden setting contributes to the streetscape character and locally listed neighbourhood, the grandeur of the original residence has been retained and enhanced.

To the rear, the timber box floats over the main living space supported on steel blades. The box is concealed behind existing terracotta tile roof of the original house when viewed from the street. Skylights intersect the junction between the original hipped roof and modernist box, allowing light to penetrate the centre of the plan, passing through voids in the first floor. High level ribbon windows below the box balance the light in the main living spaces.


Adapting the existing residence retaining what existed of original building minimising waste and resources.
The overall design is based upon passive solar design principles which result in an overall low energy consumption for heating and cooling.

Innovative sustainable design elements:

Integration of low-e double glazed skylights and highlight windows allow for solar penetration in winter, while external eave overhangs and retractable blinds shade spaces in the summer.
Cooling is assisted with effective cross ventilation.

Environmental footprint of the building is minimised by:

Retaining the in tact original c1910 rooms and redesigning a rear, basement & first floor addition that maximise the garden area and use PSD principles achieves year round environmental comfort. Supplementary hydronic heating for winter, minimises energy consumption though effective heating, whilst ceiling fans and cross venilation assist summer cooling.