Westcliff Renovation When the owners decided to enlarge their circa 1925 home in order to accommodate another bedroom as well as an office space and study/entertainment area for their three children, they took up the challenge of creating an extension that would be both meaningful and current to the context of the heritage structure. What has manifested is a composition of geometric volumes that contrasts boldly with the existing architectural language. Any misgivings they may have had about the dramatic juxtaposition were swiftly removed by the architectural practice Ludwig Hansen Architects + Urban Designers, who throughout the process provided 3-D visualisations that enabled them to assess the proposed arrangements of form and material. The success of the merge is two-part. WHAT THEY DID 1. By ensuring that the new facade does not advance beyond the boundary of the old, the stylistic integrity of each structure does not compete, but remains equally dominant. A simple lesson in harmony sees the tonal warmth of balau cladding resonating with the existing brickwork and roof tiles, and further union in the sharing of taupe and charcoal hues. 2. The marble-clad staircase echoes the timeless feel of finishes in the existing home while a modern functionality is introduced with Tom Dixon pendant lights and a custom-designed library unit by Mezzanine, while the corners of the extension feature glass doors and windows, which, when opened, ‘make you feel like you are outside in a tree house’ say the owners.
This article was originally featured in the July 2014 issue of House and Leisure.