Large steel doors when open blur the lines between the interior and the world outside and the can also be completely closed in colder winter months or when homeowners need privacy. Sensible in its overall form space-savvy and modern this Aussie extension upgrades the old Victorian home by giving it elements that it woefully lacks.
Designed by Alp’Architecture Sàrl the exterior creates an image of contrasting elements being married in an effortless fashion as the lower level is crafted using masonry and the upper level is built using wood.
The transition between the interior and the exterior further facilitates this nature-centric lifestyle with a shaded porch that the homeowners can enjoy both at dawn and dusk. With a pergola structure that consists of mobile slats ventilation on the porch can be controlled easily.
The idea was to facilitate a transition from the old to the new rather than a sudden or drastic change of style. Many of the original Victorian elements and fixtures that could be preserved and given a new lease of life were don so without hindering the addition of newer elements and design ideas.
An old house that does not make the most of landscape it sits in and the scenery outside – it sounds like an all too familiar story in the world of modern residential structures with some sense of historic past.
The sequenced brick wall extension in the rear feels like a part of the original structure and does so without trying too hard. Spaces transition from light to dark inside with rough concrete floor leading to smoother surfaces as one moves from one room to another.
This was done to meet the local building code even while giving the residence an identity of its own. Due to the harsh local weather conditions and cost constraints the house was completed in eight months and the interior feels both cozy and liberating with smart windows framing the scenic landscape outside.
A retaining wall covered in corten panels not only gives the sunken courtyard a unique visual but also helps with the passive heating of the house and keeps it warm both during daytime and at night.