Crows Nest House
A previous renovation to the rear of a beautiful Victorian cottage currently suffers from low ceilings and a southerly aspect. The proposal aims to turn these characteristics on their head, by flooding a new living, dining and kitchen area with light from the north through a double storey pitched ceiling. The upper level master bedroom is located centrally over these living spaces, visible as a box suspended over the space below. To the east and west the ceiling rises, ensuring daylight is available throughout the year. Elements of the existing cottage are reinterpreted in the new works. The ridge line is turned 90 degrees to provide the high point for additions which cannot be seen from the street, while symmetry, form and materials create an interplay between new and old.