Carter Williamson Architects

Light Cannon House

Annandale, 2013

2014 HOUSES Awards: Alterations & Additions under 200m2 – Shortlist
2014 NSW Australian Institute of Architects Residential Alterations & Additions – Shortlist

Design Team:
Shaun Carter
Fiona Hicks

Landscape: Melissa Wilson Landscape Architect
Engineer: Cardno
Photographer: Katherine Lu


Our clients came to us with a modest brief, not concerned with maximising floor area but of finding ways of filling their dark, little terrace with joy and light. They were presented with an unusual solution; two tall, sculpted roof forms reach up over the neighbouring wall and draw down northern light into the heart of the plan, whilst the low, southern profile maintains light to the neighbour’s windows. We referred to the forms as ‘light cannons’, distant relations of those found in Le Corbusier’s La Tourette.

Our clients love to entertain and central to the brief was the creation of a kitchen/dining space that would be fit for the celebration of making and eating. Programmatically the cannons allowed us to define these spaces, lending them grandeur and significance as well as amenity.

Though the new home feels vastly different to the old, the alterations have added only twenty-two square meter to the footprint, instead, re-purposing or swelling the existing volume and incorporating the old with the new. Upstairs a storage space has grown to house a master bedroom suite and in the kitchen/dining room remnants of an old fireplace are grafted into the new home like a contemporary sculpture.