Sunday, June 26, 2011

House Renovation | Sydney | Australia | Stanic Harding Architecture + Interiors

I was asked to alter this quite small free standing house in McMahon's Point so it could accommodate small family of three which has now grown to four. The house was unremarkable and typically had no strategy relative to providing connection to the limited outdoor space available to it. The entry was poorly defined and a carport attached to its base compromised the connection to street.

The house is a Californian bungalow located in a conservation zone under North Sydney Councils control and I wanted to make changes that involved inserting a legible contemporary addition into the roof plane. To achieve this end we worked in close collaboration with a respected heritage consultant who vetted the crazier options (one of them called the claw) and supported the final version. The idea was to use the accepted method of insertion and addition via contrast to its full effect. We wanted the new element to take the optimum shape relative to sight lines and height controls and let it open to the northern sky where it needed to. The asymmetrical addition was designed to balance and compliment the existing silhouette........more

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