This project values small-footprint family living and attempts to resolve the conflicting need for personal and private time/space. The architecture addresses the periphery – providing spaces for gathering and places of escape to facilitate a sustainable intergenerational housing model.
We created three new spaces; two external garden rooms and an interior room with an adjacent balcony. This upper-level extension and integrated landscapes inscribe themselves into the existing roof pitches and sloping ground planes – they protect and nurture the occupants from the elements, the street and each other. They talk about pre-colonial contexts, the Bibool people’s Country and the ancient limestone geology.
The addition was conceived as a pluri-functional room disconnected from the house proper – and through a vertical circulation passage, the seasonal changes are experienced. This room is considered a nest; its operable parts transform it into a work/yoga/family/music/meeting/sewing or entertaining space. It is nobody’s and everybody’s.
Katherine Ashe, Design Architect
Marco Vittino, Project Architect
Michelle Kar, Design Architect
Brendan Moore, Whadjuk Advisor
Forth Consulting – Jonas Kåström, Structural Engineer
Tristan Stanley-Cary, ESD Consultant