The second pavilion is to the side, and houses a bedroom and bathroom; both highlighting old and new. To get there, the floor floats in the form of a bridge, and crosses the garden under the eaves of the old part of the house.
The ensuite is light-filled with a skylight over the shower and casement windows that open up the corner. There’s more fine detail with steel shelving between the mirror and splashback tile, housing the taps within a custom steel fascia.
Altogether, the new rooms give light and space, and open to the house’s informal gardens – landscaped by Bush Projects – while upgrading the accommodation to include four bedrooms, a study and two bathrooms, as well as the new kitchen.
For the architects, Paul and his team the major challenge was the detailed set outs combining multiple disciplines. More specifically, the architects’ use of intricate materials to create a point of difference between new and old, as well as make those connections appear seamless. A case in point is the wonderfully tactile Colorbond shingled facade, delightfully visible from the street.
‘They form a snakeskin-like covering that merges roof and wall in one surface, contrasting with the white painted brick of the old part of the house,’ he explains.
The work involved setting out each shingle with mathematical precision, with the clean geometry the result of exact measuring, cutting, linking and hand-finishing, thanks to the break press that was set up onsite. Detailing the integration between the roof window, operable louvre roof structure, steel structure and shingles also took considerable thought, with various templates to achieve and only worked if the shingle grid was millimetre perfect.
An innovative touch is the concealed box gutter with shingles ‘floating’ over the top, which required the team to suspend a scaffold over the roof to install the shingles so as not to damage them with foot traffic.
‘Brothers Tim and Andy spent four very patient months working on the shingles, and the last shingle was a very welcome sight,’ Paul laughs.