Kemp Street | SDA

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Kemp Street | SDA

Traditional Land Owners
Awabakal people
Year
2024
Chapter

New South Wales

Region

Newcastle

Category
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Builder
Buildart
Photographer
Katie Wade
Project summary

This design aimed to seamlessly integrate the existing dwelling with a modern extension, striking a harmonious balance and well-organised home. The central concept revolved around a tree planted by the original homeowner, serving as both a visual and functional focal point. The client’s expertise as a landscape architect is evident in the careful planning of the outdoor spaces, ensuring privacy while maintaining a visual link to the pool and surrounding environment. The courtyard bridges the old and the new, preserving the heritage value of the original building while enhancing the contemporary addition. Overall, this project is an excellent example of how thoughtful design, a committed client and dedicated builder can collaborate to create an amazing and functional home.

The addition has defined two distinct functional zones, providing our family with greater privacy to the bedrooms in the original house and a contemporary open living space at the rear. The living area captures the northerly aspect, bringing in much desired natural light and easterly breezes. The design also provides a connection to the landscape, featuring the mature Liquidambar, which creates a micro-climate elevating the enjoyment of the living space and an awareness of seasonal change; ultimately providing a space where we want to gather to enjoy each other’s company.

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