New South Wales
Smart Design Studio has upgraded a Federation Arts & Crafts two-storey home while the extension is clearly expressed as a modern addition. A new double height glass box incorporates a light filled kitchen and family room at ground level, overlooked by a study within a sculpted mezzanine level above. Seemingly frameless glass slides back, opening onto a pond/ pool with a central single tree. This black granite waterbody runs the length of the rear elevation reflecting the sharp lines of the minimalist addition.
Formerly two apartments, the plan has been substantially rationalised with rooms opening off a central axis at ground and second levels. The existing staircase has been retained and on the upper level, a suspended steel stair provides a counterpoint to the heritage feeling, a long skylight overhead highlighting its sculptural form. New finishes and details have been selected to complement and enhance the architecture.