Bougainvillea Row House – A Modern Terrace Home by Luigi Rosselli

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This project from New South Wales in Australia has been titled Bougainvillea Row House. It’s a row house (or as it’s more commonly known in Europe, a terrace house) and has been given a new lease on life thanks to architect Luigi Rosselli.


Terrace housing – when done right – can be a possible solution to the current housing crisis faced by many large cities. It’s for this reason that Sydney’s planners are considering reintroducing terrace houses as a recommended building type.

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Bougainvillea Row House is set on an area of 1,054.86-square-feet (98-square-meters) and contains three floors. The project was completed in 2017 and was carried out for a client who works as a film director. The architects saw it has an opportunity to demonstrate the flexibility associated with this housing typology.

Despite it’s size, the house packs a punch in terms of living spaces. It contains a guest flat, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study, dressing room and laundry, and an open-plan living room, dining room and kitchen. It’s also got a substantial garden and courtyards to the back, as well as a small bedroom balcony.


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According to the architects, they drew on inspiration from the concept of Raumplan – a design with a Tetris style interlocking of rooms. Bougainvillea Row House contains split-level floors. To the front, the three story’s have been “compacted”, whereas to the rear of the building there are only two story’s, providing the rooms in this area with a far greater ceiling height.

The house is finished in a decadent fashion; there are arched doors doors and openings, gold-look fixtures and fittings and marble-topped counters. The finished appears to draw on Art Deco with it’s glam and elegance. The ground floor of the home is dedicated to the open-plan living area, and contains an outdoor terrace to the front.

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The first floor contains two bedrooms, a study, laundry room and bathroom. The second floor contains the master bedroom with an en-suite. At the very opposite end of the property, beyond the rear courtyard/garden, there’s a garage, complete with a storage loft.

For more small houses check out the Glass Link House, a small home built by the architect for his family. Or, this design by Jamelo Arquitetura, which saw then create a modern guest house. See all small houses.

Photos © Justin Alexander, Sean Johnson

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.