A dilapidated century old year old milkman’s cottage was the framework for this new residential project. The design creates a modern contemporary addition that draws inspiration from the existing, but which was materially different. Orientation toward views and the framing of an ancient tuart influenced the design of the new elements of the addition.
The project includes three distinct elements.
The Existing Cottage
Renovated in keeping with its context and time, a verandah and new openings were created at the front to marry with existing cottages on the street and new windows and doors were introduced to marry with the existing.
The New Residence
The new residence is distinctly modern. A folded roof opens itself to the difficult aspect to the North-West, and slotted folded windows open the views to the river flats while protecting privacy.
The link building creates a threshold space between the two. Lightweight materials are used to reference the lean-to materials that typified early additions to character homes. This perforated timber wall allows light and views while maintaining the integrity of the singular material connection.