The existing house needed a little nudge to make it a good place for sleeping, resting and bathing. A new back room and deck addresses the Illawarra escarpment and the backyard like a stage. This project embraced the duality of want for expression while also seeking anonymity. The house presents to the street like it has for over 50 years and retains the consistency of older working cottages of the area. The new additions to the backyard reveal a more unique personality. The contemporary nature of the new space using height, sunlight and transparency are offset by the choice of colour and used materials that bring a deliberate familiarity to its daily use.
We have come to think of this as a 'lo-fi architecture' which aims to embody good design thinking and space-making, yet resists the urge for unnecessary preciousness and luxury in its material choices.
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.