Situated half the way up the hill on a corner block, this original 1940s house sat comfortably amongst a loved native garden with kids on mountain bikes flying past. The terraced backyard gave a wonderful sense of place with vistas to ocean, ridge-lines and escarpment cliffs, but was isolated from the house. The objective was clearly to locate the everyday occupation of this house around the backyard like a courtyard. We kept the outside of the existing cottage intact, which gives to the street and community a continuing narrative from past to present. The new additions form an L-shape around the backyard to shield against inclement weather and elevated neighbours, and uses a flat roof to minimise visual interruption to the old cottage.
There is a quiet dialogue across the backyard between the old back porch with its regular 4x3" posts and the new outdoor room with its recycled hardwood posts. The colour choices were the result of a rich collaboration between two visual artists. The colour in the new work weaves connections to the old dwelling, and elevates the simple materials and compositions into the integral fabric of this household experience.
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.