Blurring the distinction between the existing structure and the new was a deliberate strategy, designed to create a unified architectural entity.
A once-dark, enclosed undercroft, the original, elevated entry was rebuilt to create a new, ground-level foyer, light-filled and linked to the landscape, behind the original arches.
Spaces within the home – the generous kitchen, lounge, sunken living room and glazed dining area – are delineated to maximise versatility and garden aspects, resulting in a haven for the entire family, with easy transitions from public to private zones, inside and out.
The prevailing aesthetic is a nuanced balance of old and new: white-on-white concrete flooring meets original terrazzo and bright blue plush carpet; timber lining envelops the interiors and burnt orange velvet couches provide a nod to the home’s history.
So, too, do the custom-bronze glass and flocked carpet in the sunken pit.
The original glazed skylight has been scaled up and wrapped in a timber-lined ceiling to link with nature.
Skylights minimise the need for artificial lighting and are but one of the sustainable principles adopted throughout.