Published: Houses Magazine; Brisbane News; Dwell Magazine; Architecture AU
Our client approached us with a simple brief; a “black box” within the backyard, containing a new kitchen and living areas. This opportunity to work with an inner-suburban character residence on a corner block was an exercise in exploring sympathetic contrast.
Beyond the initial visual contrast, closer examination reveals a harmonious extension with the original residence where materials and detailing are interlaced between the parts.
Passive design principals are prominent in the design solution. The living area makes full use of the Northern aspect through corner doors that expand onto the deep recesses of a North-eastern corner deck. This allows the building to remain open even during poor weather, with occupants free to engage with the street or retreat behind a sliding screen as desired. Limited openings in the Western elevation frame the distant hills from a seated height. Combined with external awnings this positioning minimises Western sun in the living area. The use of common materials and scale for the extension maintain alignment to the original residence, creating a sympathetic character and a comfortable modern residence ready for future adaptation into a generous family home.