We simply love details. Small details, strong details, distinctive details, charismatic details. We adore faces. Not bodies. Faces express a genuine identity of things and personalities. And we are fond of features the most. The same distinctive features that make a person who he is a person and an item what it resembles.
It is a story about features never to be forgotten.
When we take just a glimpse over this smart, cool, nostalgic and at the same time contemporary project we just couldn’t say a word for the first few minutes. It hits brutally and in the same time sentimentally. Right in the face, right in the heart. We rather talk two hours about its features and dignities, but we ought to talk about basics for a start.
Extensions of a life
It’s an extension to a 1930s bungalow in suburban Sydney. It features glass walls, protruding box windows and decorative brickwork that pays tribute to the building’s heritage. And oh, the brick wall…it leaves you simply breathless at first side…and at second, and at third and so on and so forth. Tribe Studio is the mastermind standing behind this emotionally-built construction. It’s designed for a Suburban Canny extension to more than double the amount of space inside the modestly sized property, but without compromising its historic character.
To achieve the task, the architects designed a rear extension that is approximately the same height, but that manages to squeeze two floors inside. Yes, wow indeed!
They also introduced contemporary interpretations of the house’s unusual details.
Lines are simple and at the same time soft. They do not hit you like a super modernistic hammer and leave a safe trace while looking at them. The original house was well-built and charming, with more than a touch of whimsy in its presentation. However siting, planning and energy efficiency were poor,” they explain.
The empowering importance of light
It comes from everywhere. Just like a drop of vital energy. The glass construction addresses the garden and lets all in. It’s like exploring, teaching and learning. It’s emotional. Just like the family for whom the extension was built.
House with trustworthy minimalistic design
The extension has a simple gabled profile. Glazing wraps around two sides of the ground floor, while the triangular gable above was created using brickwork.
The bricks are arranged both horizontally and vertically to create gridded patterns, which also integrate a “brick sunburst” that copies the detailing above the front door of the original house. Simply trustworthy outlook.
The ground floor is a dream. It consists of bright and spacious kitchen, a dining space and of course a lounge area. Everything accompanied by the light, coming with the green power of the garden outside. Storage is built into the walls, behind grey-painted floor-to-ceiling doors. The kitchen cabinets are also contained behind these panels, creating a simple backdrop. Other details include a marble island counter, an L-shaped sofa unit and an assortment of plants.
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A wooden staircase leads the way to the upper part of the extension. There we find two bedrooms with a rumpus room sandwiched in between. A master bedroom and a formal lounge space now occupy the main rooms in the old section of the house. Here, original details like a brick fireplace are combined with bold interventions, such as a vivid blue wall. There are three bathrooms in total, located on both levels- what a dream, ah? These all feature contemporary tiled surfaces, but each one is in a different colour – the first is pink, the second is teal, and the third is blue.
All features coming together
It’s beautiful when distant parts of one whole become as one and form the final outlook of a place. Just like it is with people. There is time passing throughout all this process. During this time things grow, the live, they suffer, they build, they give, and they take as well. Just so at the end, everything comes one whole. Just like with people.
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