Australian Institute of Architects


Chenchow Little Architects

Studio 3 151 Foveaux Street

Ph. 02 9357 4333 Fax 02 9357 4334


Chenchow Little was established in Sydney, Australia in 1994. The practice has worked on a variety of projects including residential, retail and commercial. The work of Chenchow Little has attracted strong interest from leading publications, including Casabella (Italy), Dwell (USA), and Architecture Australia. The work has also featured in exhibitions, including 'Out from Under: Australia Architecture Now' sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, USA; and the 11th International Architecture Biennale, Venice. Chenchow Little have received many awards for their work including the Robin Boyd Award, the highest accolade for residential architecture in Australia.

Project profiles

Pitched Roof House

Sydney, 2009

The 'Pitched Roof House' is located in a conservative suburb of Sydney. The form of the building evolved from a strict interpretation of Council's codes and the requirement for northern sunlight and views on the living level. The local Council's planning codes encourage the use of pitched roofs to reflect the predominant roof form of the locality. The geometry of the roof is made up of a series of triangles akin to a pitched roof. Unlike the traditional pitched roof, the triangles not only pitch up, but also invert to form a faceted roof plane. This triangular faceting is modulated to fit within Council's envelope controls and to allow northern light into the top floor. Council's codes are seen as points of departure, rather than limitations. The geometry of the roof is continued onto the facade. This geometry accentuates the vanishing points of the internal space, thereby increasing the apparent space. The 'Pitched Roof House' inverts the typical floor plan. The living spaces are located on the top floor to take advantage of the sculptural roof form, the district views and the northern sunlight, and the bedrooms are located on the floors below where solar access and outlook are compromised.

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