A crafted lightweight volume is carefully connected to the retained and refashioned rear of an original 1960’s brick envelope to enact clear planning, cost and environmental values in an articulated binary composition - a cellular and private front, with an open and public rear that expands to its setting.
The original bungalow maintains its modern heritage values, enabling the cultural memory of its suburban type to be preserved within its locality, while also supporting environmental and budget outcomes. Its internal reconfiguration fulfils a contemporary brief for bedrooms and wet areas, while vaulted skylights carved within the original roof form expand several spaces to light and sky. An intermediary link sharply folds to meet the two-storey volume, offering spatial release while enabling the location of interstitial garden courtyards for light and ventilation to both parts of the plan - in turn promoting spatial interplay across private and public zones.
The two-storey pavilion provides a volumetrically expansive double-height living area which serves as a generously proportioned ‘garden room’ with large apertures capturing sky and landscape views. Its stair element extends the established circulation condition from the existing front entry, while delineating a loose threshold for the making of two smaller rooms at one end within its volume - a kitchen at ground level and an upper floor sitting room serving as a viewing platform which is flexibly adapted for use a guest bedroom or study.
Glazing arrangements promote passive heating and cooling, and external retractable blinds temper direct sunlight when required. Wall, roof and floor planes extend the envelope at the rear to form a covered terrace for strengthened connection to its external environment. An opaque southern face mitigates significant overlooking from an adjacent neighbour, while a northern blade screen and a pinched rear profile enable greater solar access onto the thermal mass of a reverse concrete-veneer wall and ground floor slab - with a cantilevered terrace edge and sculpted step element doubling as seats for enjoyment of the garden.
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: Brett Boardman Photography