Although the project is an alteration and addition, the extensive brief included almost an entire new dwelling including off-street parking beneath the existing house.
Working backwards through complying development, the envelope and upper floor was designed first to take advantage of the elevated, panoramic views. This created a tall volume below which when combined with a central internal courtyard brought a sense of openness and quality of light. The circulation and services form the southern wall of the addition which allows transparency from the existing dwelling through to the backyard.
A richer living experience is achieved through the careful management of light and shadow, while the flexibility and openness of the plan enable the inhabitant to find the most pleasant place to relax. Materials are used to blur the distinction between internal and external spaces and an existing brick arch exists as a relic carrying the materiality of the old house into the new.