Rara Architecture's mission was to reinstate the old home’s glory by highlighting its simplistic characteristics and its overall form. They stripped it right back to a neutral state. The height of the rear addition had the potential to dwarf the original heritage home, so, sympathetically, mimicking the roof angle, but didn’t hide it. Nothing about the addition is ‘trying to hide’ anything. The old building transitions smoothly to the new, visually and emotionally, both internally and externally - the old floorboards transition to a new polished concrete slab, the old weatherboards transition to a perforated brick wall (outlining the central Zen garden) and then again to a solid brick wall. The addition, which can be enjoyed from the rear lanes and from within the property stands proud, like the existing Edwardian; it stands high, and strong without any exaggeration or excess, it is brutal, minimal and statuesque: a monolith.
- Designer: Wesley Spencer - Rara Architecture
- Photographer: Alison Mc Whirter & Christopher Alexander
- Product feature: UM1170-9S