Manly House 2
A key decision was made at the outset of this project to retain the existing cottage on site, despite the obvious approach of knocking it down and starting again. This provided a challenging self imposed constraint, given the brief which involved sub dividing the land and providing 2 new semi detached dwellings. Despite not being subject to any heritage constraints, it was decided the scale and period of the existing cottage fit well within the streetscape context and contributed to a strong sense of place in the neighbourhood. Proposed additions are located to the rear, separated from the existing cottage by a courtyard, drawing northern light into both the eastern and western semi. The courtyard enables views back to the existing house from both levels of the additions. The play between new and old is further accentuated when moving between the ground and upper levels in a light filled stair located within the rear footprint of the original building. The open plan living, dining and kitchen provide a relaxed environment for family life, with a dual aspect to the courtyard and rear garden.