- Article by Online Editor
- Photography by Christine Francis
- Architect Simon Couchman Architects
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Providing family accommodation on this small, heritage-restricted corner site in Elsternwick required a solution that was outside of the square. A contemporary two-storey structure has been built to the rear of the existing cottage, clad in contrasting dark zinc to draw a very deliberate line between new and old. The external form of the new building mirrors the outline of the existing home, but is offset and hovers over the old roof – separated by a band of glazing that wraps around it.
The upper level houses the loft-style children’s bedrooms and incorporates a shared bathroom, fully enclosed north-facing balconies and access to a storage area within the existing roof space. The master bedroom to the front of the house opens into a new ensuite bathroom with free-standing bath naturally lit by overhead roof light glazing. Zinc pods protruding from the south, blind side of the building accommodate the laundry and maximise storage space within the house. A new kitchen / dining / living area to the rear of the house opens out to private, timber deck and urban garden via full height sliding glass doors.
Drainage is often the forgotten workhorse of the building and design function. Yet drainage maintains a simple albeit vital purpose.