House in the City | James Allen Architect

House in the City | James Allen Architect | Photographer: Christopher Morrison

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

House in the City | James Allen Architect

Traditional Land Owners
Kaurna country

South Australia

Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Build Theory
Christopher Morrison
Project summary

Designed for a retiring couple leaving the country, the House in the City is a reimagining of the archetypal Adelaide villa. The heritage zoned house was extremely run down, with a leaky roof, rising damp, subsiding footings, cracked walls, family of resident possums and overgrown garden.

The alterations and additions, designed by the couple’s architect son, was organised around a new internal courtyard, defining the old and new parts of the house.

A new pavilion accommodating the living areas across the back of the house is a modern interpretation of the villa with its Dutch-gable roof and masonry construction. There are spaces that both blur and bridge the inside with the outside as well as the new with the old.

The transformative project breathes new life into the dilapidated old house and is a balancing act between continuity and change.

Rose Park provides an easy-care city home for our mobile lifestyle. The four front rooms give the familiar feel of our old stone farmhouse. The quartzite bench in the living space is the heart the home. Coming from a farm it was important to have an outside living area as well good views of the gardens from inside.

The office, studio & workshop areas give space to pursue our pastimes. Multiple windows are a joy giving connection to the garden and light.

The result has made transition to the city a very enjoyable experience.

Project Consultant and Construction Team

David Burnett, Landscape Consultant
PT Design, Structural Engineer

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