The street view presented a typical Illawarra working cottage from the 1940s, and a bit too compact for three growing kids. The backyard was delightfully north facing, a bit sloped and backing onto remnant suburban bushland. We designed a major addition to the house that harnessed these backyard qualities. Rather than extruding from the old house, there is a gentle connection to it, which leads to a separate building form to contain the living areas. As the natural ground line drops, the dominant asymmetrical roof encloses a double height volume with a floating rumpus floor above the kitchen. The spatial connections to outside and within and above give a sense of drama and motion and allows the occupants of this house to ‘find their spot’ without being locked away.
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.