Artarmon House 3
This project involves alterations and additions to an interwar bungalow within a heritage conservation area. The existing bungalow sits well within the streetscape, with the exception of a rudimentary later addition to the upper level at the rear. The approach was taken to essentially keep the upper level form and install a new modern skin to its exterior, which creates a more interesting dialogue with the original bungalow. The upper level has been cut into to create a series of window bands, which are broken down with randomly arranged vertical screen elements and thin hoods above to provide sun protection.
Modifications to the ground level allow reconfigured living spaces to open out to an existing rear deck and pool. A new thin curved roof over the deck breaks down the scale of the 2 storey rear façade and wraps around to provide a roof over a new entry point to the side. This new entry point provides a glimpse as to the character of the modern rear additions when viewed from the street.
A key move was the relocation of the stairs to the upper level. These have been positioned to allow light to flood into the ground level via the generous stair void with large skylights in the roof above. This has the additional benefit of providing a visual link and airflow between the ground and upper levels.