The existing house seemed to encapsulate the older ways of living - when 'house' was a humble abode, big enough for just the basics, and the front porch was the epicentre of domestic bliss. With the house stripped back close to its origins, it needed a new version of what the front porch was. The front addition became like the bow of a ship (the old house): slightly elevated and floating, outward looking yet still protective, a solid chiselled form. This room gives the inhabitants a dialogue with the street, and a sense of connection to the wider environment of sun, sea and escarpment. It facilitates a social and relaxed use, and encourages a coming-and-going and passing-through. This project became as much about informed restraint as it was about making more, and the awareness of what little we really need.
Barnacle Studio practices in the land of the Wodi Wodi peoples of the Dharawal nation. We acknowledge the traditional (first custodians) of this country where our projects are made, and where these materials come from. We recognise their continued connection to land and waters, culture, past, present and future generations.