From its very inception, Pocket Passiv’s inner city postcode defined a series of constrained and ambitious objectives stemming from the clients’ aspirations. Pocket Passiv was conceived within a wider brief that involved not only the construction of a secondary dwelling but the renovating and upgrading of the existing terrace house and corner shop that occupied its front portion. Originally proposed as a single inner-city house with the opportunity to become three separate dwellings, Pocket Passiv emerged as the standalone studio dwelling to the rear of the site, that's now certified to the Passivhaus Plus standard.
Pocket Passiv is a small infill residential studio occupying the unused space of a spatially constrained inner-city terrace house corner block. The project achieves ambitious levels of amenity for its residents all whilst occupying the ‘pocket-sized’ footprint of 27sqm. Located in Glebe, a thriving inner-city suburb originally inhabited by the Gadigal people, Pocket Passiv sits within a relic of Sydney’s 19th century Victorian terrace house boom.
Pocket Passiv’s project aspirations were guided by an ethos of not only environmental sustainability but also social and economic. The dwelling has been certified to the esteemed Passivhaus Plus Standard for high performance and energy efficient buildings originating from Germany. Passivhaus Plus acknowledges the building’s ability to generate as much energy as it consumes – ultimately becoming a net zero energy building.