Brunswick Lean-to

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BRUNSWICK LEAN-TO V01 BLAIR SMITH

Quality over quantity

This project is a 52m² addition to a heritage listed cottage in Brunswick, Melbourne. The design emerged from an ongoing conversation with the clients on the ways their life can be enriched through a modest, thoughtful intervention.

The new building takes formal and programmatic cues from the original lean-to structure it replaces.  Atypical to most inner-city extensions - the original lounge room within the cottage is retained as the main living area, meaning that the footprint of the addition could be minimised.

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An active facade...

The northern façade is characterised by three sliding timber screens on a single track.  Each screen has its own solid section of wall where it can be "parked" without obscuring the view to an established garden. The screens have numerous purposes;

·       they allow control of solar gain

·       they have integrated fly-screens

·       they allow occupants to control their level of privacy

·       they allow for secure cross flow ventilation 


This project demonstrates a sensitive approach to small footprint residential regeneration.

Construction is scheduled to finish in July 2019.