Grafting a two-storey folded volume onto the rear of the existing shell, we created a parents’ retreat and study on the upper level, with a generous living area below. Opening onto a lush rear garden and central courtyard, light and breezes were maximised, permeating throughout the old and new sections of the building.
Robust materials of brick, concrete and timber, including formed concrete hoods wrapping around the façade, added a strong design element to the house, while also providing warmth and protection from the elements. Garden areas, designed to be functional spaces for young children, incorporated native planting throughout, with discretely placed vegetable gardens.
“We also made a conscious decision to orientate the new addition to ensure optimum light and ventilation were achieved throughout the house – hence relying very little on artificial heating and cooling” – Conrad Johnston.