Within the phrases of architect Rob Kennon, Elwood Bungalow is a challenge that depends on the thought of subtracting house, as a lot as including it.
Fairly than retain the property’s overshadowed yard surrounded by neighbours, Rob Kennon Architects noticed a chance to carve house from this space for the extension round a central courtyard, designed in shut collaboration with Eckersley Backyard Structure. This low-lying addition builds sq. as much as all three of the property’s rear boundaries, and subtracts a circle backyard out from the center, creating an inward ground plan that appears onto itself.
‘They had been an open-minded shopper who didn’t include any preconceived concepts of what they wished. They simply gave us the chance to resolve this downside that the rear of the block was overshadowed and missed,’ says Rob.
The addition’s planning is harking back to Roy Grounds’ Hill Road Home (circa 1954) in Toorak, which additionally contains a round, glass-walled courtyard.
‘I bear in mind I visited the Hill Road Home early in my research of structure, and it kind of all the time sat with me as a very vital challenge within the historical past of Melbourne structure,’ recollects Rob. ‘The factor that resonated with me there was that it was a singular concept that carried by means of and solved an issue. It’s such a memorable response.’
Rob recognised this challenge particularly would profit from an analogous association. ‘It was acceptable for this web site,’ he says. ‘We didn’t have any alternatives outwards, so we would have liked to look inwards.’
Internally, the addition incorporates all communal areas of the house in addition to the principle bed room. The absence of corners bordering these areas allows an infinite fluctuation of views to the courtyard and lighting circumstances throughout the house. Connection to the outside permeates each day life, and one’s expertise inside this house isn’t with out the backyard or sky.
This addition doesn’t search to compete with the house’s unique structure, however moderately sit as a materially restrained and formally simplistic backdrop. Weighted supplies (masonry partitions, concrete flooring and ceiling) complement the concrete wall development of its interwar counterpart, whereas the textural palette (painted brick, timber joinery, and wonderful tiles) interprets present options such because the stucco and ornamental timber work into a contemporary context.
Present rooms of the home have additionally been opened up and reconfigured, with unique options restored. ‘You continue to stroll in the identical door, however you’ve received connections to gentle, air and inexperienced,’ says Rob.
One other impressed collaboration between Rob Kennon Architects and Eckersley Backyard Structure, this can be a challenge that pushes the boundaries of up to date dwelling design.
Elwood Bungalow by Rob Kennon Architects is shortlisted in Residential Structure of The Design Recordsdata + Laminex Awards 2021, introduced by COLORBOND® metal.