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Chatswood House

May 29, 2009
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Willem Rethmeier
  • Designer Alicia Bayl
  • Architect Melonie Bayl-Smith

In this project, an ordinary inter-war house is revitalised and augmented to become a contemporary dwelling.
Flexible open spaces are key to the living amenity of the home, with the internal spaces seamlessly connecting to the ‘outside room’ of the substantial timber deck and the accompanying cool patio space below.
The rear addition and its junction with the existing building is expressed in the use of distinctive stained timbers and a gridded board cladding system that references the scale and materiality of old and new. Natural light is also core to the concept and utility of the dwelling, integrated with the formal and functional transitions of the building.

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Chatswood House

Mar 26, 2009
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Shannon McGrath
  • Architect MCK Architects

MCK’s core ideas, notions of journey, spatial experience, ambiguous space and interior/exterior transition, are all present in the Chatswood House. Supplementary considerations were aspect and orientation, maximal interior solar access and the budgetary and site area constraints. The proposal addresses the steep rise from the rear of the existing house up to the laneway by stepping the plan at the point of junction between old and new, both reinforcing the change and rendering its appearance more effortless. The main living space opens onto a central lawn area sandwiched between the addition and the rear pavilion forming a courtyard space that interacts with both.

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