Embedded within the coastal suburban context of Glenelg South, NAC/ is an expression of family history, well-travelled experiences and desire for a place of warmth, recluse and refuge. The new form references the robust, ridged bungalow typology of the contributory dwelling, its characteristics purposefully refined and compartmentalised.
Reconfigured into a modern formal expression, the oversized gable provides a defined offset from the old to new. The ground level engages with an integrated living arrangement as an extension of the existing plan. A series of dramatic scale shifts respond to the direct spatial use – the live and dine zones grounded in a double height volume, while the kitchen and amenities are private and compressed under a flat ceiling. Similar compression of the stairway to the master suite above creates an intimate threshold between communal and private space, connected too by an operable wall hatch that acts as a portal between bedroom and living.
Exposed structure, large apertures and textural planar linings fuse the visual, physical and emotional interpretations of the volume, where diffused natural light, an emphasis of the shadow and acoustic play enhances liveability. Curated window and door openings ensure controlled solar access and passive ventilation portals while offering framed moments of the external.
A balance of hand-crafted honesty and refined pre-finished materials illustrate a sense of play, sensibility, ownership and craft – representational of client’s personality. Holistically, the project offers an opportunity of expression or seclusion to the occupant, expected of a new home and modern lifestyle/