an inter-war brick bungalow dating back to the 1930’s has been reworked by the architects at tribe studio to facilitate a new program including a garden pavilion and an elongated gabled roof volume. situated in sydney, a play in contrasts; old and new, light and heavy and material use is demonstrated. a contemporary approach sees the top-heavy brick gabled roof, punctuated with protruding windows, is supported by a light steel frame wrapped in glass doors to form the new back garden elevation.

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the original material palette of the decorative brickwork, lichen-covered roof tiles was preserved and celebrated during tribe studio’s transformation. the brief called for the house to be adapted to cater to the lifestyle of the young family residing.

 

 

‘it gave us the opportunity to address the garden more fully, to explore the character of the house and the character of the area, which is predominantly decorated single storey houses in beautiful leafy gardens.’

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the result saw a reorganized floorplan featuring multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, and living spaces. the footprint of the house has been reduced, and new accommodation is shoe-horned into a roof extension. smaller room sizes respect the original order of the house, while adding multiple uses, and the integration of energy efficient systems including: photovoltaic cells, water collection tanks, hydronic heating system, high thermal mass, and well functioning cross ventilation.

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the interior is illuminated by natural light coming it from the sliding glass façade facing the backyard. a neutral palette of color and and material can be seen throughout except for the unexpected punches of color –coral and light blue– in the bathrooms.

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