Adriano Pupilli Architects
Producers: Astro Lighting, Phoenix Tapware, Artedomus, Briggs, Karoma
Director and Chief Architect: Adriano Pupilli
Project architect: Matt Ryall
Site Architect: George Mathers
Documenter: Alex Cassar
City : Camperdown
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Text description provided by the architects. The project brief was to extend an existing Federation style heritage home to create a spacious, light and lofty contemporary living space connecting to the rear garden and laneway, a parents’ retreat + upstairs ensuite, and an extra bedroom children’s bedroom. A large increase in floor area was required, but the scale and materiality of the extension was required to sit sympathetically against the character of the original house and be discreet from the front street view.
Challenges included working within strict heritage controls imposed by the Council, as well as carefully incorporating new internal spaces so that the original house was not dominated by the new works, while creating a new extension that responded to the context and needs of a young family and clients desire open plan living and contemporary finishes.
A gabled roof form has been used which compliments the scale and geometry of the original house, with sloping roof planes towards the street view softening the transition of the new higher gable and the original roof. The floor level steps down with the site’s slope to the rear to create an opportunity for high ceilings in the living area and bedrooms above.
Highlights include working sympathetically with the characterful house, drawing out and celebrating aspects of the original house through repurposed materials, and exploring some exciting new geometries emerging from the original.