Birchgrove Lantern

“The modest single-storey brick and green weatherboard cottage sits tightly on its small site within a heritage conservation zone. The addition, delivered by Benn & Penna Architects, sympathetically floats above it like a lantern, referencing the original cottage with a contemporary language”

Houses Magazine (issue 107)

“This addition to an 1880’s cottage by Benn & Penna Architects sets up dialogues between old and new and between inside and outside to create a delicately complex and understated home”

Houses Magazine (issue 107)

“Inside the home, what used to be a long, dark hallway now opens up into a kitchen and living space showered with abundant daylight and beautiful framed vistas”

Houses Magazine (issue 107)



“Our project involved alterations and additions to a modest single story brick and weatherboard cottage, including a new upper level containing a master-bedroom, ensuite and mezzanine study. From the very beginning Andrew delivered some remarkable design concepts and an understanding of the character of our 1880’s cottage. His willingness to engage with our ideas and to expand on them over the many months of planning was most enjoyable and exciting”

David Wood & Marlis Walther (clients)

“This collaboration was one of the most satisfying and fulfilling experiences”

David Wood & Marlis Walther (clients)

“Even after construction had commenced there were many times a new idea would emerge and Andrew would always fully engage with us to incorporate and develop the ideas. This collaboration was one of the most satisfying and fulfilling experiences. The final result is a well thought out and highly individual building that is sympathetic to the character of an 1880’s Balmain cottage, and which reveals a wonderful utilisation of space and light. We were very fortunate having the opportunity to engage Benn & Penna for our project and have no qualms in recommending them”

David Wood & Marlis Walther (clients)