‘Stitched together’: Bold brick facade conceals loo and stairs
By Stephen Crafti
The former Sydney home of Thomas Playfair has been beautifully stitched together by architecture studio Tzannes, leaving each of its parts with its own voice.
While many architects add new wings to historic buildings simply by copying the past, some of the finest additions to period structures take a considerably bolder approach.
Playfair’s home - he was Lord Mayor of Sydney in 1885 and later became a member of Parliament - is one such example.
Located on the corner of Ridge and West streets in North Sydney, Playfair’s impressive three-level home, built around 1891, was at the end of a row of seven two-storey terraces.
While it may have once shone on its prominent corner, by the time Tzannes inspected the property, it was in a fairly …
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