Alterations and Additions.
[Completed as Project Architect for Birrelli art+design+architecture]
The brief was to re-clad the existing dwelling, convert an unused garage on the lower level into a utility room and library to support the existing home office, and to provide a space on the upper level that offered an alternative to outdoor living, as extreme weather conditions on the exposed site seldom permitted outdoor activities.
Owen and Vokess' ‘peninsula type’ form was closely examined with the conception of the new family room. The theory of ‘prospect and refuge’ underpinned the design process, by which prospect emphasises view, position and surveillance, while refuge prioritises shelter, safety and containment. The architectural strategy was to balance these two elements.