RAIA Regional Commendation 2003
An existing 1950’s dwelling on an 800sq.m lot located in a suburban beachside area to be recycled to suit contemporary living for a young family.
The existing dwelling was built on stumps with storage areas located under the house. A strategy was employed to reconnect the house to the ground and to establish strong associations with the outdoor spaces so that daily life events can easily move between inside and outside. The existing building has been raised, living areas are located in the new ground floor area and the recycled upper floor becomes bedrooms. The new living area opens directly onto the rear yard space and in this respect the yard is recaptured as daily living space.
Spaces are intertwined through void and openings and differing levels of boundary delineation. Boundaries are walled or as subtle as a line of two columns. Ceilings and roofs are raised and lowered to delineate spaces and offer interstitial moments (positions in which the inhabitant feels ‘in between’ or part of one space and also part of another). A dynamic three-dimensional quality of space pervades the dwelling.