Glebe House by Tribe Studio Architects

  • Tribe Studio Architects skilfully blend old and new to deliver a playful twist on a heritage Victorian bungalow in Sydney’s inner west.

    Tribe Studio Architects are known for their delicate approach to restoring brick heritage homes and bringing them into the modern era. Their most recent residential project, located in Sydney’s inner west, accommodates the new normal of working from home, for a couple and their two young boys. The home encourages a duality of spatial planning by activating the kitchen hub to support the expansion and contraction of evolving family life. 

    Pieces in this space include the Fritz Hansen Series 7 Chairs, Vibia Flamingo 1550, Cappellini Lud’o 4-Spoke Base and Carl Hansen & Son Hunting Table. Artwork: Julian Meagher, ‘Sleep Cycle 17’, 2020.

    The award-winning home expresses a sensitivity through its treatment of original Victorian features. Principal of Tribe Studio Architects Hannah Tribe honoured the heritage home through delicate restoration while injecting a modern twist with colour, materiality and interior design. The main living and bedroom areas celebrate the Victorian charm of the house through decorative mouldings, cornices, architraves and ceiling roses.

    Tribe Studio Architects designed a series of parallel blade walls to demonstrate an exaggerated perspective off the central corridor to open up the rear of the home towards natural light and the courtyard space. “Our initial approach was to clear away a series of ad hoc and poorly built additions to the rear of the house that sat at odds with the quality of the original dwelling,” Hannah says. “This allowed Tribe to continue the logic of the central corridor through the extension and addition, from the front to the back of the site.”  

    The Nanimarquina Losanges Rug and Carl Hansen & Son OX Easy Chair. Artwork: Abdul Abdulah, ‘Enjoy Your Day’, 2015.

    The outdoor area features the Zanotta Ninfea and Loto table.

    The design team juxtaposed the new with the old by introducing a series of light poles, which both functionally conceal the new electrical circuitry and aesthetically add soft pastels and colour into the home. Art inspired this colour palette; a favourite Francis Bacon painting echoed in salmon pink and ice green light poles – which also informs the lilac kitchen.

    Bold artwork and objects emphasise the home’s unique personality. Contemporary artists Caroline Rothwell, Abdul Abdullah, Debra Dawes and Julian Meagher are featured alongside design classics such as the Series 7 chair by Arne Jacobsen and the Cappellini Lud’o Lounge Chair by Patricia Urquiola.

    Tribe Studio Architects’ Glebe House reveals thoughtful and sustainable design in a bespoke family home. The residence engages with heritage restoration by injecting a unique, modern twist of colour, balancing Victorian charm with the urban fabric.

    The living room features Double-dealing (Magenta), 2008–2019 by Debra Dawes and Industrial Botanica (2020) by Caroline Rothwell.

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