Location: Castlemaine, Victoria
Project type: Residential/ Sustainable design
Located in Castlemaine North in rural Victoria, this project was initiated by a family who had out grown their current house and adults wanting privacy from teens.
Leaving the original house intact – and avoiding complicated renovations – we designed a contemporary add-on "parents retreat" projecting into our client’s established garden. With the benefit of a wide block, we designed an appropriately scaled “wing” to connect to the side of the original Victorian weatherboard house.
Our strategy was to devote more of the design and budget to creating a solid, protective container, insulating the interior from the extreme Castlemaine seasons. We prioritised robust, low maintenance materials and building longevity over a complicated design and we created beautiful, simply detailed, peaceful interior spaces.
Our use of controlled natural light and ventilation, a strong connection with the garden, acoustic dampening and thermal performance all enhance the sense of “calm retreat”. The cladding material is Corten steel (layered with plantable screening for additional summer shading) . The window system is a composite frame with double glazing throughout. The northern end of the structure sits on a cantilevering slab..