The proposal involves the re-design of an existing 1960’s brick dwelling, with the addition of 2-storey framed pavilion to the rear, a side carport, and finely crafted roof and timber screen elements to an existing front porch. The pavilion is conceived as a new-build lightweight volume separated from the old house, to enact a clear programmatic and cost strategy, while enabling the location of interstitial courtyards between old and new fabric at either end of a glazed stair connection.
The re-designed old house retains its predominant envelope and yellow-brick character, with new metal roofing, skylights and windows within existing openings. It accommodates 3 bedrooms, 2 new bathrooms and new laundry facilities. Vaulted skylights carved within the original roof form expand volumes for access to light and sky, while the stair link roof folds upwards to mediate old and new fabric.
The pavilion provides a volumetrically expansive double-height living and dining area. A generously proportioned mezzanine study located at one end over the kitchen can be flexibly adapted for future use as a guest bedroom. Both courtyards enable the new spaces to enjoy dual aspects for generous access to light and ventilation, while permitting light and ventilation to rooms at the rear of the old house.
Materially, it incorporates aluminium framed sliding glass doors & windows to connect to its setting - with corrugated metal cladding, expressed steel elements, pocket-concealed external roller blinds, plywood internal finishes, and a ground floor concrete slab, flush concrete terrace & two-storey reverse concrete wall to the living space.
Date: 2013 - 2018
Location: Woolooware, Sydney
Structural Engineer: SDA Structures
Hydraulic Engineer: ACOR Consultants
Landscape: Fig Landscapes
Surveyor: Junek & Junek
Planner: Damian O’Toole Town Planning
Photography (top photo): Brett Boardman Photography
Model: Christopher Polly Architect
Model & Other Photography: Christopher Polly Architect