To the rear of the site is a much-loved community park and heritage listed church with mature trees and community veggie gardens.
The terrace row sits within a triangular block which results in a number of angled boundaries on the site.
The tiny 68m² site has thirteen different (and angled) boundaries as opposed to the typical four boundaries you would usually see with urban street patterns.
The design for the project needed to rationalise these angles and the tiny site and its active urban context.
The existing house was a small single storey terrace with an attic room accessed by a pull-down ladder – the footprint was mostly original with rendered and painted brickwork.
What the owners wanted
The homeowners wanted an architecturally designed home that represented their own personality on a tight budget.
However, they willingly accepted a smaller house in order to live in this space that was ‘uniquely home’ – a home with generous visual connections and views, but modest in scale.
Our design response for the new addition was deliberately singular in colour and simple in form so as to not further overwhelm the varied surroundings – the lightweight addition sits quietly with restraint.
Responding to a brief for better connections from living areas to the outdoors on both levels, the design added a new first floor volume with subtlety.
Openings to the house were designed as finely framed apertures to the rear park.
Deep reveals/thresholds to the courtyard provide a fine edge to suit the scale of the house and subtly extrude the length.
These new rear thresholds explore privacy and publicness.