Carter Williamson Architects

Spiegel Haus

Alexandria, 2015

Shortlist – 2015 Houses Awards – New House Over 200m2
Winner – 2014 Austrlaian Timber Design Awards – Excellence in Timber Design – Interior Fitout – Residential

Design Team:
Shaun Carter
Patrick Fitzgerald

Landscape: Melissa Wilson Landscape Architects
Engineer: Cardno
Photographer: Brett Boardman


Spiegel Haus is a thoughtfully crafted home in Sydney’s Inner West that celebrates the warmth, strength, and diversity of timber. The sculptural grey ironbark staircase sits at the very heart of this home, flowing out at each floor to help define the path of circulation. The warm, earth tones of this staircase provides a counterpoint to the glossy black exterior tiles, mirror-lined void, and polished concrete floors. This contrast is also evident in the kitchen, where a blackened American Oak veneer is used to give both a textural contrast to the smooth marble bench top. For durability, v-jointed pine lining boards replace the traditional plasterboard cladding for the walls and ceilings. Timber is also wonderfully tactile and has been used for many high use elements such as the kitchen doors, sliding doors and windows, and the stair balustrade.