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Skylit House

Skylit House

A discreet, robust and light filled renovation to a Mid-Century house for a family of five, Skylit House is a simple and deft alteration to a mid-century suburban bungalow in the bushy lower north shore suburb of Castlecrag. Skylit House offers a strategy to remedy the poor relationships, particularly of building to site, often prescribed by standard housing stock, by simple gestures of internal reconfiguration without requiring enormous expense or increased building fabric. By a process of removing, rather than adding, Skylit House brings natural daylight deep inside shared living spaces that open out to the surrounding landscape. Conceptually it is simply a 'coming together' space- both of people and site. The program is open and robust, offering space for family to share, enjoy a good meal and discuss the day.

Photography by Felipe Neves

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Catherine Downie and Daniel North have designed a thoughtful, functional space which has far exceeded our expectations. They have transformed our house from an old, dark and tired looking house into a modern, bright and aesthetically pleasing home. It is a joy to be living in this new space.
— Isaac & Mee (Clients)
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