This project transformed a three-storey, 1890s house into a duplex with two, two-storey units for a brother and sister. The home’s highly detailed heritage façade is preserved at the front of the property, whilst the rear of the house has been opened up to the garden by way of a large, framed glass addition that gives prominence to a beautiful Japanese Maple tree in the backyard. The sequence from the front to the rear of the house is dramatic, with the space being revealed slowly as one moves from dark to light, old to new. This dining room is flooded with natural light. With its large windows, the space functions as a kind of vessel, drawing light into the home and carrying it through into the kitchen at all hours of the day.
The existing balconies, screens, and damaged brick were replaced with a complex and unifying quilt of additions that include large areas of glass, translucent polycarbonate panels, and a third-storey privacy screen providing shelter from the neighbouring property. Like the outside, elements of the interior are quilted into the new work - like a sketch discovered in the framing of the ground floor powder room which we left exposed, and was beautifully written about by the client.