Australian architectural and interior design firm Benn + Penna recently refurbished and extended a tiny house in Surry Hills, a thriving hub of off-beat galleries, design studios and theatres in the suburb of  Sydney. The re-design project locates the new bedroom and bathrooms spaces above an open-plan living area that opens onto intimate garden spaces at either end of the property. The Surry Hills House transforms what previously was a dark and unpleasant home into one of abundant natural light and well proportioned spaces. A delicately detailed steel stair rises through the middle of the building and guides natural light from a large skylight above into the centre of the house. A wall of white mosaic tiles lines the back wall of the courtyard, reflecting northern light back into both the garden and rear kitchen space.

The inhabitants are now able to use the entire ground floor as a continuous indoor outdoor space, heightening the experience of leisure activities in the house. The project also provides an additional bedroom and private terrace above for more intimate enjoyment.

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all images courtesy of Benn + Penna