A renovation and addition to a single fronted Victorian cottage on a compact inner city site which overlooks a park to the front and is overlooked by an apartment building to the rear. This design incorporates a flexible plan to efficiently utilise both the indoor and outdoor spaces whilst maximising views across parkland from the first floor and creating a secluded courtyard space at ground level.
A double storey volume to the rear houses the main living space and two additional bedrooms. A partially submerged open plan living, dining, and kitchen space opens onto a landscaped courtyard and outdoor living room. The height and enclosure of this structure protects the entire living space from being overlooked by the apartment building to the rear. Privacy to the first floor bedrooms and prevention of overlooking to neighbouring properties is achieved through the use of full height glazing which looks out onto a small terrace protected by a crystalline translucent polycarbonate screen.
Full height sliding and pivoting doors are utlised throughout the house to conceal and transform the functionality of spaces. A small landscaped central lightwell brings daylight and natural ventilation into the heart of the house whilst providing glimpses of greenery from many of the internal spaces. Parkland views to the west are controlled by a series of vertical window ‘fins' with motorised blinds within each bay to provide privacy and solar shading. A large rainwater tank is submerged under the courtyard to meet the water needs of the toilets, laundry, an outdoor utility area and garden irrigation for this home.