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.
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.