Workers cottage transformed into light-filled living space

What started as a simple renovation of a workers cottage turned into a substantial, multi-year project. The results are impressive
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The large double height volume space includes the living area, kitchen and more

Architect: Maytree StudiosPhotographer: Toby ScottAbout the project: The Glasshouse Mountains Residence is a project that has spanned a number of years and three major phases of work. The first was a minor renovation to the workers cottage, followed by the addition of a living room off the side of the workers cottage which would act as a ‘knuckle’ for the third phase of work. The last phase added a double car garage and laundry and a large double height volume living, kitchen and rumpus space in the form of a traditional barn.


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The island certainly draws the eye

The structure and skin of the building is built from recycled materials - an oregon portal frame with expressed steel connections and second hand bricks - resulting in an industrial interior environment. A storage wall and stair shelter the long western side of the barn from hot afternoon sun. High level louvres provide vast opportunity for cross ventilation, making the home a successful study in passive cooling.

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It's clear the renovation respects the original structure

The new 'barn' extension is oriented to frame an existing orchid tree in the largely glazed exterior, providing privacy and shade for the interior. A central courtyard and fire pit has become the social heart of the home, with sliding doors and windows opening out seamlessly into this space.

Sep 18, 2017
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