Shaping this house was the owner’s pursuit of sustainable design practices, her views on upholding a holistic wellness approach and her forward-thinking innovation all of which were informative to the design.
The owners were a couple of near-empty nesters who were devoted to participating within their design process.
Having an innovative spirit and invested interest in both personal wellness and sustainability through architecture, our team enjoyed a close, collaborative relationship with the owner.
The homeowner also challenged our practice to explore, source and create environmental solutions throughout the architectural process and pushed us to innovate the use of sustainable products, new technologies and ideas.
From the double-glazed windows and geothermal climate control to the use of inert and low VOC materials – our team were required to deliver technologies, not within reach of many of our smaller domestic projects.
Needing to accommodate two guest bedrooms, a study, sitting room, guest bathroom, powder room and laundry all housed within the original front of the home, the new addition showcases a generous, open communal space complete with new double-height kitchen, dining and living space.
Upstairs on the first floor are the private, sanctuary-like living quarters including an IR sauna, master bedroom and steam shower bathroom.
To the garden elevation and acting as both a shading and structural device, the Lê Corbusier inspired ‘chimney’ fuses the upper floor to the lower floor.
The rendered, vertical chimney is a bold, architectural expression which provides a composition and support to the rear facade.
Inside, a key feature within the new extension is the oversized floor to ceiling sliding, steel glass doors which were strategically placed to maximise natural southern light and provide a beautiful line of sight to the landscaped garden beyond.
Closed, these doors dramatically frame the lofty dimensions of the open, communal area.