This extension to a family house with marble brise-soleils on the rear façade in New South Wales, Australia, is designed by Australian practice Carter Williamson Architects. The original house on the site is a 1860’s timber cottage sourced, sawn and constructed from local timber. Preserving and restoring the integrity of the existing 1860’s workers cottage as part of the street scape and the eclectic, urban fabric of Balmain was key to the development of this site.
The design is for a new building to sit sympathetically behind and recessive from the original cottage. The new building is light, bright and contrasts spatially with the low, intimate spaces of the existing house. The kitchen, living room and the dining room is houses in the square ground floor. Large voids puncture the upper level plan, organizing the space between bedroom, study and library. A beautiful and impressive roof garden hides the garage and defines an amphitheater to the living room.