A pulley system extending through the atrium of this house in Sydney, Australia, by local architects Tribe Studio, is designed so the owners can store bicycles and winch them out of view…
New Rear Extension
Tribe Studio extended House Bruce Alexander by adding a new volume at the back made from masonry, timber and supporting structural steel columns, and built an attic above the existing first floor.
Hannah Tribe and her team designed the house for an artist, an environmental scientist and their young family.
"The client's brief was a low-energy family home with space for their art and bikes that they use daily. We extended the old double-storey terrace by adding a new volume and built an attic above the existing first floor in the front part of the house" — Tribe Studio.
Integrated Bike Storage
Inside, the bicycle pulley system in the atrium is viewed through small hinged openings from the upstairs bathroom.
"The bike pulley system into the void was Tribe's idea, the drive was to keep the walls free."
An open-plan kitchen and dining room surround an enclosed laundry unit on the ground floor, with large, colourful artworks lining the side walls. A small set of steps leads up to the living room, which opens out onto a wooden deck and spacious outdoor courtyard.
A staircase with wooden treads leads up to the first floor. A bedroom is positioned at each end of the upper floor and connected by a long hallway off to one side, adjacent to a pair of bathrooms.
A trellis was added to the exterior of the new volume to encourage plants to cover the rear facade of the upper level.