Fitzroy North House
The rear of this existing dwelling faces North, however the existing house is encumbered with a rabbit warren of rear bathroom & utility areas, preventing direct access to sun & garden.
The project comprises additions & alterations which will rationalise/ revitalise internal spaces & provide a new sun-filled open-plan kitchen/ dining/ living area spilling onto the garden.
The house is a contributory building within a heritage overlay so permissible alterations to the front were restricted by their visibility from the street. The brief included the retention/ extension of an existing old garage at the rear of the site. The height of the new second storey was deliberately limited & the roof was shaped to enable infusion of light to the adjacent garden & living spaces.
Local timber picket fences have been explored as a design precedent. The rear cladding is a permeable screen comprising picket fence elements. This technique will enable sunlight to infuse the new North facing spaces without compromising their privacy. The upper level shutter will provide speckled light when closed & solar shading when open.