With an unassuming single-fronted terrace house as the facade, Lewisham Road Residence is an unexpected restoration and extension for a couple with a keen interest in modern architecture. Discretely tucked behind the original structure, the sharp, clean-lines of the addition create a clear contrast between old and new. This articulation is carried into the interiors retaining a hint of the original details at the front and creating a new vernacular at the back with an open layout and fine detailing.
In order to create a project of this scale on the allocated budget, the design does not rely on expensive materials or grand gestures, but rather focuses cost on key moments where it makes the most impact. The concentration is on a custom glazing application that extends beyond the ceiling line to elongate the rooms with an upward looking orientation and forms a delicate line around the exterior. The cladding is a painted compressed cement sheet, installed to look like a more costly bronze metal cladding. The interior palette is restrained but considered and consistent.
Located on a constrained inner city site, the small back yard was replaced with a large central courtyard that brings the outdoors right into the key internal spaces. The new terrace is situated between the kitchen and the living area so that each room feels as though they continue beyond their footprint and feel even larger than what they are on their own. Their adjacencies allow for sightlines and filtered views between and two large sliding doors open to connect them all together for indoor/outdoor use.
Accommodating a professional couple working from home, the program is divided into three zones for working, living and sleeping. Benefiting from access to the street and formality of the character in the original home, the office is located in the front structure. The lower level of the extension is the open kitchen/living space while the upper level is a secluded master ensuite.