Louis I. Kahn: In the realm of architecture - Brownlee, David B and David G De Long
Corlette Street is situated within the Cooks Hill Conservation Area however the site is identified as a non-contributory item. The Heritage Manual identifies Cooks Hill as, “densely settled and had acquired the character of a worker’s village.” and, “urban character, visually interesting streetscapes, and the rich mix of historic buildings that unify and give the suburb its special character.”
A small cottage currently occupies a large lot and the brief was for an alteration and addition to the existing dwelling and a new secondary dwelling to the rear. The project provides a contemporary in-fill development close to the heart of Newcastle’s fast growing urban centre.
The existing building is mostly maintained with partial demolition of the original living room creates a new outdoor living space that takes advantage of the northern orientation. Spaces are carefully choreographed for each dwelling; as you move from the front door, courtyard spaces draw you through the plan. The second story is concealed within the roof space and a shingle tile becomes the uniform treatment above the lower brick datum.