The layered volume developed step-by-step.
The first move brought the extension forward to align with the frontage of its immediate neighbours; its façade carved out to provide a protective space around a Siberian elm that interrupts the continuity of the façades’ alignment.
This satellite volume is then connected back to the original house via a corridor that runs along the east firewall of the property. It incorporates kitchen, toilet, storage and laundry spaces, and mechanically connects old and new. The exterior wall of the corridor is blended into the street front volume with a curve that reflects the tree well on the front façade, delineating the central outdoor courtyard that showcases the original house.
The result is a sinuous boundary between interior, architecture, landscape, and urban context.
The house’s new front yard/mid yard/back yard structure clearly defines the home’s internal configuration. Quiet spaces such as the bedroom and living room are reorganised within the original masonry, and the wood structures at the rear of the lot with more intimate windows and lower ceilings are ideal for private, insulated environments.
The more boisterous family spaces move up front, street side. They are large and open, punctuated by the clean geometry of sculpted forms (a cube and a cylinder) that define the generous entrance.
The kitchen-dining room is very much at the social head of the new house – all at once communal family workspace and assembly hall.
Large glazing offers a physical and visual connection to the central garden and back to the house’s original façade.
Different approaches were taken for the new and old structures, unified through clean lines, minimal detailing, and a restrained palette of light maple, pale concrete, and white paint.