Project Details: Rebuild the stables out the back of the property and extend the existing house towards the north for extra living and entertaining area.
The property is divided into three parts running north south. On the north is a large set of what was once stables, (now a garage), that have a mezzanine and guest room over three split levels. Between that and the main house on the south is a garden area and the brief became how to connect the stables to the house by mutual outdoor living area. The other large component was how to remake both buildings without interfering with the heritage of them.
The design language is drawn from the laneway behind the property. The materials and textures industrial, rusted, are remnant of a previously industrial area, and the client was happy to use this as the material pallet. The 2 parts to the architecture of the project became 2 pods, inserted into their respective existing structures. One would be in the garage to house a guest house and the other would be in the main house to contain a kitchen.
Within the stables pod there is bedroom and bathroom that sits on the mezzanine level and projects through the roof. If is offset from all boundaries by 2 meters, and allows the existing guest room to become a living space unto itself. This then connects to the garden area which will terrace up to the house.
Within the house pod there is a kitchen that frames a semi indoor outdoor eating area. Expressed across the front of both is a large oversized universal beam that performs as a gutter and anchors the building in the industrial language of the site context.