The project at Shakespeare Street, comprised alterations and additions to an existing 1930's bungalow, which left little of the existing configuration of the house unaltered. The requirement was to renew relevance of the ageing house to adapt to the changing needs of the family. Spaces were combined, others divided, yet others expanded outwards or upwards into the roof space. The extensive changes to the interior fabric are woven together by way of a continuous ribbon of cabinetry that passes in and out of every room, addressing functional requirements whilst reinforcing the legibility of the newly added against the backdrop of the pre-existing home.
Our work manifests externally in two places: i) an ensuite bathroom is appended to one side of the building, occupying a 1m wide gap between house and fence... and, ii) the front yard of the house is given a carport structure and remodelled access and terracing.
The project has the task of stitching together various epochs of constructional agglomeration as well as disparate family members.
The material palette utilised for the new works consists of plywood, white lacquer, richly coloured fabrics as well as grey and white tiles.
The carport structure takes the form of a light-weight visually-permeable frame that maintains views to the original cottage. A membrane roof allows light to pass through and avoids creating a dark shadow in front of the cottage.