Invisible from the street, the project provides a contemporary home for a young family.
Invisible from the street, the project provides a contemporary home for a young family. It seeks to explore the concept that brickwork need not be just a solid barrier and celebrates brick as an individual architectural element that can be stretched, pulled and manipulated to create pattern and permeability. Simple interlocking architectural forms link with the retained Federation-era dwelling and allow it to stand without disturbance. The simple forms of the new structure seek to celebrate brickwork as the dominant feature.
The project uses dark and light coloured brickwork to differentiate between forms and contrast with the classic red brick of the existing dwelling. Brickwork is playfully manipulated through the use of “hit and miss” screen patterns that provide visual privacy, diffused light and solar shading. Custom triangulated cuts form brick patterns that reference the triangulated form of the site and standalone workshop.