A concept that was generated on the basis of a specific client brief and construction system reinforces the principle that a beautiful house can be of modest nature. The clients’ desire for a passive thermal approach to the building is reflected in the flexibility and orientation of the living spaces. A centrally located courtyard encourages natural ventilation throughout and marks the transition from the old to the new. Deep eaves over the garden doors allows sunlight to enter the space during the winter months and limits excessive solar loading during the summer months.
The simple materials palette complements the honest approach taken in the construction. Bricks salvaged from the demolition were recycled into the new works, their raw surfaces featured in detail areas of the building. This same raw finish is seen in the exposed steel frame and concrete floors. The clear finish to the plywood lining on the upper walls and ceiling provide visual warmth to the space.