Madeleine Blanchfield Architects honour the legacy of a 1930s heritage-listed bungalow in Sydney’s Bondi and its surrounding landscape. 

Nestled among mature paperbark trees, the home called for a transformation that mirrored its natural surroundings while providing space and amenities for a growing family. Central to the brief was the incorporation of the existing boundary wall into the new design and the introduction of a contemporary pavilion at the rear of the bungalow.

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Home Tour | Paperbark House by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects
Daniel Boddam Coast Hinterland Stool

The new extension is lined with polished concrete floors and light timber ceilings. The kitchen features a travertine island bench, Elton Group timber veneer joinery and blackened stainless-steel benchtops. Pictured in the space is the Daniel Boddam Coast Hinterland stool.

Madeleine Blanchfield emphasised the need for a delicate approach when expanding a well-preserved heritage home. Addressing the challenge of adding a two-storey extension without dominating the original single-storey house, the architect ultimately chose to treat the addition as a subtle compliment, likening it to a ‘shadow’ of the existing structure.

The bungalow’s defining feature is a black volcanic stone wall delineating the site boundary. “Our approach was to extend this boundary wall in a contemporary manner while upholding a reverence for the site’s history and context,” Madeleine says. “The wall becomes a external and internal reference point, informing the materials selected for the addition,” she adds.

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Home Tour | Paperbark House by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects
B&B Italia Camaleonda Sofa

The living area features a B&B Italia Camaleonda sofa upholstered in olive-green leather, harmonising with the surrounding paperbarks.

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Establishing a clear transition between the old and the new, Madeleine Blanchfield Architects integrated a glazed link between the rear extension and original house, which contains the dining area. 

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Home Tour | Paperbark House by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects
Moooi Meshmatics Chandelier

The dining area features custom built-in banquette seating upholstered in olive-green leather, and the Moooi Meshmatics chandelier.

The two-storey extension is clad in charred timber boards, which establishes a cohesive front of dark, nature-inspired materials paired with the boundary wall. Resembling “a series of black boxes, a shadow to the original building”, as Madeleine says, the structure contrasts with the lush greenery of the surrounding paperbarks. For an added effect, the architect has employed vertical timber slats for the roof of the back terrace and the upper-level facade, creating what the owners call “an orchestra of light and shadow throughout the day”.

Working closely with the client, an interior designer, Madeleine Blanchfield Architects infused the interiors with materials and colours that evoked a relaxed atmosphere, authentically embodying Bondi living. Australian hardwoods, warm travertines and earth-toned leathers amalgamate against the backdrop of the stone wall, forming living spaces in deep conversation with the outdoors. Contemporary furniture pieces, such as a sculptural B&B Italia sofa and built-in banquette seating upholstered in olive-green leather, ensure the new extension feels curated and reflects a modern Australian blueprint.

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Home Tour | Paperbark House by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects
Artemide Nesso Table Lamp

The study features the Artemide Nesso table lamp and Nuura Mira 1 pendant.

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The new extension is marked by floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, allowing the space to be opened up completely to the outdoors.

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