Carter Williamson Architects

Truss House

Truss House, Balmain, 2016.


The Truss House is a new building embedded with a memory of the site’s former industrial past through the re-use of salvaged roof trusses. They create a new pitched and skillion roof form, celebrating the exposed structure as an integral part of the character. It represents a key period in the character and locality of Balmain with the material palette nodding to the existing timber mill building in its use of recycled brick walls, corrugated roof sheeting, concrete floors, and timber and steel details.

Alongside material exploration, Truss House playfully reinterprets the traditional terrace house. Giving due credit to positive attributes, Truss House unlocks spatial and structural capacity by revealing the traditional roof form internally. Utilising the spaces between for high level windows to allow diffuse light in, providing amenity whilst maintaining privacy. Rear windows are hooded with operable shutters to protect the glazing, control light and maintain privacy.

The living rooms of the house incorporate large windows and doors that open to embrace beautifully landscaped gardens and courtyards that provide a range of outdoor spaces to be enjoyed by occupants.


Photography by: Brett Boardman