while the existing art deco language uses black metal to highlight detailing and architectural elements, we explore the use of black steel as the primary material for the new addition.
although west facing, the new spaces use large expanses of glazing to provide maximum connection to the rear garden. we investigate the use a blackened interior, not only to contrast the existing and new, but to soften the extent of light entering the space and provide a backdrop for the reflections of the garden opposite.
while the existing art deco interiors are detailed, giving a high level of tactility, we explore methods of providing a similar level of detail to the new areas using a restrained language and form.
the art deco character to the existing house is retained and promoted, while the forms of the new addition are restrained in comparison. materiality of the new addition is limited to black steel and reflective glass, utilising the back drop of the existing manchurian pear trees to articulate the new form.
we begin design work to an existing art deco home in original condition. attached along one side to a mirror-image neighbor, this semi detached is an original example of the 1930s architecture common within its surrounding area.
home to a young and growing family, it becomes clear that this home requires not only reworking to address the functional requirements of a growing family, but also additional spaces to accommodate their future needs.
a key driver in the initial planning studies is to utilise the footprint of the existing out-buildings, to provide the additional space required while maximising the garden area. replanning of the existing spaces aims to delineate the home into both public and private zones, while maintaining the original period detailing to the primary rooms. through replanning, we address the internal focus of the original art deco planning, by providing connection and extension of the living areas into the garden.
the perimeters of the site are lined with mature lily pily hedges and manchurian pear trees, providing both immediate privacy screening for the new residence together with a green backdrop from all aspects of the interior.
new specimen trees are placed in the courtyard garden within the centre of the home and layered against the existing green backdrop, to create an increased perception of depth.
a new vertical green wall not only provides a kitchen garden adjacent the food preparation area, but also acts to filter the air entering the centre of the home.
concrete bricks are selected as the primary building material, ensuring a holistic approach as the one material carries through from the exterior to the interior. brick work as a complete construction method minimises the use of high off gassing materials such as insulation and sealants, while the natural material promotes a high level of indoor air quality.
the form of the residence adapts to take on the inherent nature of masonry construction, while the pale grey concrete of the blocks provides a restrained tonal palette against the backdrop of the existing landscape.