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A series of courtyards weave this modern extension into the original home. A sensitive departure from the typical add-on by Architecture Architecture...

Rich Materials and Light-Filled Courtyards Connect Old to New Timber Houses, Outdoor Areas, Outdoor Dining

Rich Materials and Light-Filled Courtyards Connect Old to New Timber Deck, Outdoor Dining

The scattered and irregular gables of this Federation house, while absent from the contemporary extension, are suggestive of the casual arrangement of courtyards that now enliven the dwelling within. Much like these gables, variation in the scale and orientation of the new outdoor spaces lend a playful dynamism to the renovated house.

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Rich Materials and Light-Filled Courtyards Connect Old to New Brick Houses, White Kitchens, Kitchens

From the moment of entry, views shift and redirect between the courtyards, light-wells, decks and gardens. Natural light washes the internal space from all directions, encouraging exploration of the various living areas and retreats.

Rich Materials and Light-Filled Courtyards Connect Old to New Outdoor Areas

Rich Materials and Light-Filled Courtyards Connect Old to New Timber Deck, Outdoor Dining

While loosely open-plan, each room is anchored and defined by its unique outlook. The courtyards extend the interior spaces, encouraging time spent outdoors as well as providing excellent solar access and passive ventilation. The ever-shifting light and views create a subtle labyrinthine quality, fluidly expanding the sense of spaciousness throughout the house.

Rich Materials and Light-Filled Courtyards Connect Old to New Exposed Rafters

Rich Materials and Light-Filled Courtyards Connect Old to New Brick Houses

A simple, robust material palate of sustainably sourced timbers, stone and recycled brick weaves its way throughout, visually connecting the indoor and outdoor areas. Much like the house opens and closes to its surrounds, materials are revealed and concealed, betraying the structural and spatial logic of the renovations.

Rich Materials and Light-Filled Courtyards Connect Old to New Brick Houses, Sliding Glass Doors, Carpet

Rich Materials and Light-Filled Courtyards Connect Old to New Outdoor Areas, Brick Houses, Timber Deck

At key moments, the white-washed walls are left unpainted to reveal their red-brick origins; timber rafters are exposed and then concealed again, marking the transition between living areas; timber screens temper light and shade, then stop short, opening up to sky and garden.

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Rich Materials and Light-Filled Courtyards Connect Old to New Bathrooms, Basins, Toilet Suites, Baths, Lunchbox Architect on Instagram, Tiles

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