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Decaying buildings take on a unique quality as they develop a natural patina and progressively fall apart - a testament to time. And yet in our own backyards we're quick to demolish and rebuild our crumbling buildings, obsessed with maintenance and renewal.
At Annandale Residence CplusC Architectural Workshop have embraced the idea ruin porn, incorporating the remnants of the original home into the light-filled renovation to create sheltered outdoor spaces and grounding the home to its history...
Located in Sydney's inner-western suburb, Annandale, this alterations and additions project sought to create a warm, practical and comfortable family home with a strong interaction between the house and the garden.
CplusC's response leaves remnants of the original house which, when combined with extensive planting, creates a sense of seclusion and privacy (in spite being in the heart of Sydney).
Existing roof rafters and brick walls have been left to frame the exterior courtyard and outdoor living area. This clever decision blurs the indoor and outdoor spaces. Salvaged bricks have been used for the new addition, but the difference between old and new is clearly distinguishable. The house manages to maintain a sense of its history - its character.
The new addition is a light-filled and airy. It's a beautiful new space for the growing family with views to the outdoors from all rooms of the house.
An oversized sliding window in the living room frames the raised grass outdoor area which is at eye-level when sitting. The perfect place to sit and watch the kids play.
Annandale Residence is a stunning example of the benefits of retaining remnants of the past and using these remnants to create intrigue - demonstrating the beauty of age and history. And embracing history doesn't mean you need to sacrifice modern spaces - you can have a bit of both.