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Pocket Passiv in Glebe, Sydney

3 May 2024

Location: Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Design: Anderson Architecture

Pocket Passiv House Glebe Sydney Property

Photos by Tom Ferguson Photography

Pocket Passiv House, Australia

Pocket Passiv is a small infill residential studio occupying the unused space of a spatially constrained inner-city terrace house corner block. The project achieves ambitious levels of amenity for its residents all whilst occupying the ‘pocket-sized’ footprint of 27sqm. Located in Glebe, a thriving inner-city suburb originally inhabited by the Gadigal people, Pocket Passiv sits within a relic of Sydney’s 19th century Victorian terrace house boom.

Pocket Passiv House Glebe Sydney

Pocket Passiv House Glebe Sydney Property

Pocket Passiv’s project aspirations were guided by an ethos of not only environmental sustainability but also social and economic. The dwelling has been built to the Passivhaus Plus Standard, an esteemed accreditation for high performance and energy efficient buildings originating from Germany. Passivhaus Plus further acknowledges the building’s ability to generate as much energy as it consumes – ultimately becoming a net zero energy building.

Pocket Passiv House Glebe Sydney Property

Beyond its impressive energy efficient design and construction Pocket Passiv offers an exemplar of a rare yet needed typology of inner-Sydney residential housing, infilling constrained urban sites with diverse, well-designed, and environmentally conscious housing options. Aiming to respect its layered historic context and neighbours, Pocket Passiv emerged as a highly considered geometric form.

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It is a modest two-storey studio with a cozy downstairs area with a combined bedroom / study and dramatic double height bathroom, and upstairs is a smartly configured kitchen / living / dining area. Submerged nearly one metre below the existing ground level the studio retreats into its residential context maintaining sunlight to the adjacent residential courtyards.

Pocket Passiv House Glebe Sydney

Adopting an asymmetrical pitched roof with a ridgeline that leans towards the street, a large area for solar panels hidden from view is created and an architectural proposition that creates a truly contemporary, purposeful, and urban pocket-sized presence. Clad in timber shingles Pocket Passiv will age overtime, weathering, and greying off, adding another architectural layer to the rich creative tapestry of Glebe.

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Pocket Passiv House, Glebe, Sydney Property – Building Information

Architect: Simon Anderson – https://andersonarchitecture.com.au/
Project size: 34 sqm
Project Budget: AUD 430,000
Completion date: 2023
Building levels: 2

Pocket Passiv House Glebe Sydney

Photographers: Tom Ferguson Photography

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Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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