Location: Northcote, Melbourne
Project type: Residential
Status: In progress
The design is an assemblage of two intersecting timber boxes – one clad in recycled timber boards, the other in black stained plywood – anchored by a brick rectangular form that ties the extension back into the original brick house. The materials, all locally produced, were selected to complement the tones of the existing cream brick and terracotta tiles. The overall composition creates a sculptural dynamism while responding to the availability of views and natural light. There are hints of mid-century modernism in the pairs of square windows and the play of solid and transparent planes.
While the ground level kitchen and family room face east to the garden, the upstairs office maximises north light and provides a small north facing roof deck/ retreat. The interior is designed with the clients' furniture in mind and minimizes circulation space. The efficiency of design ensures building costs are kept to a minimum.