Location: Castlemaine, Victoria
Project type: Residential/ Sustainable design
Status: Under Construction
Located in Castlemaine North in rural Victoria, this project provides a solution for parents and teenage children needing more space and privacy.
Leaving the original house intact – and avoiding complicated renovations – we designed a contemporary add-on "parents retreat" projecting into our clients' established garden. The addition utilises the land on the side of the house and is scaled appropriately to connect with the original Victorian weatherboard house.
Our approach was to keep the project simple and focus on natural light and ventilation, a strong connection with the garden, acoustic dampening and thermal performance. The cladding material is Corten steel (layered with plantable screening for deciduous planting and additional summer shading) and the window system is a composite frame with double glazing throughout. The northern end of the structure sits on a cantilevering slab with a hardwood lined recess.
Our strategy was to devote more of the design and budget to creating a solid, protective container, insulating the interior from the extreme Castlemaine winters and summers. We prioritised robust, low maintenance materials and building longevity over a complicated design and created beautiful, simply detailed, peaceful interior spaces.
The project is under construction and scheduled for completion in April 2018.