A Federation family home

Wednesday 05 Sep 2012

David Boyle Architect designs extension to private Federation-style residence

A single-storey structure has added to a Federation house within a conservation area in Cremorne, a suburb in Victoria, Australia, in this project by David Boyle Architect. Named 'Smith House', the residential home has been designed for a young family with children and involved the restoration of the contributory streetscape appearance within the primary and secondary roof forms, the demolition of undesirable attributes - such as the brick garage adjacent to the front veranda - and a lean to structure to the rear.

A new living pavilion has been added to the rear of the house opening directly to the rear yard, creating a new central courtyard and providing light and ventilation to the new pavilion and house. A skylight mediates the transition between the existing and new work and provides natural light into the central circulation spine.

The internal surfaces of the skylight shaft have been painted in four shades to represent with the era of the house and its colour palette. New north facing doors have been added to the main bedroom and these also open to the courtyard and provide additional light, ventilation and aspect to the space. The new pavilion steps up from the existing house to mediate the natural ground levels, and has been sculpted to respond to a mature jacaranda tree within the rear yard.

The pavilion includes a living area a central dining area and kitchen which extends into the rear yard and into the covered BBQ deck within the central courtyard space. A built-in seat with cantilevered corner window is housed within the sculptural form at the end of the kitchen, and creates an alternative and social gathering space for the occupants.

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