Architecture & Interior Design

Chapple Residence

Forest Lodge, NSW, Australia

James Lyall Smith

In the case of Chapple Residence by Smart Design Studio good things come in small packages. The design is built around the transformation of the rear of a Victorian terrace house in Sydney’s Forest Lodge, which resulted in a beautifully modern kitchen and living space.

The owners wished to tidy up an awkward warren of small rooms at the back of their house, make a new kitchen and family space, and in doing so, open up the house to the courtyard garden with a seamless transition between inside and out. With space at a premium, the challenge was to accommodate the requisite parts of a kitchen and living room in a single seamless wall of joinery. A wall of tall cupboards conceals a fridge, freezer, bottle storage, rangehood, IT station, desk, and drop-down television. Adjacent to the living room, a mirrored jewel-box of a room contains a guest wc and concealed laundry.

The brief provided to Smart Design Studio extended to the furnishing and styling of the room. Pieces offering deep comfort and warm tones were selected to offset the dark rigour of the architecture. The resulting space is a dramatic yet practical place to accommodate family life.


Images Courtesy of Smart Design Studio.

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