The brief for this addition and alteration to an existing detached house called for a total transformation of both the external facade design and internal spaces from a dated style popular in the 70’s to a modern contemporary style. The main design element of the existing house – the pointed gable roof so popular in the past few decades – was retained and converted from the old clay tile system to a superior metal roofing system. By submitting under the old guidelines as opposed to the new envelope control, the gable attic ceiling height of 5m could be retained.
The existing concrete staircase was demolished and a cantilevered steel feature stairs built in its place to connect all stories with views of the landscape garden, as well as the living spaces. The staircase was purposefully designed with open risers and steel cables to create a ‘floating’ effect as light filters down it.