Surry Hills Pocket

“This is a surprisingly light-filled house given the limited resources and orientation of the original building. It is an example of how an architect and client with common enthusiasm can combine different tastes. It is proof that one can find architectural hope and promise in the most modest of situations. This project is a reminder that constrained sites magnify the skill, or otherwise, of an architect”

Houses Magazine (issue 112)

“This refurbishment of a narrow terrace house by Benn and Penna Architects presents the client with a light-filled, monastic and disciplined setting for life to unfold”

Houses Magazine (issue 112)

“The client, Tunisian by birth, collects objects that are unified by a delicacy of texture and richness of colour. He loves plant life and the house has become quite full of objects, which he continues to rotate and change as he enjoys life in the space. It is as if the architects have handed him a stage set, to which he has added the props and costumes”

Houses Magazine (issue 112)

“I had a wonderful experience working with Benn & Penna on the renovation of my house in Surry Hills. The role of an ideal architect is to propose their style and ideas whilst at the same time listening to the needs of their clients. In this respect, Andrew and his team were the perfect architects. I particularly enjoyed seeing the project coming to life. We met almost every two weeks on site with the builder, and when unexpected issues or problems arose, Benn & Penna were excellent at finding solutions that satisfied all parties”

Patrick Bertolino (client)

“the spaces are very well utilised and give the feeling of a beautifully crafted home inundated by natural light”

Patrick Bertolino (client)