A town planning permit was issued for this project in June 2019. The ornate Victorian heritage front conceals a contemporary infill project at its rear. The intent is to retain the Victorian building as a whole; its facade and its rooms, upgrading the thermal and acoustic performance of its envelope from the interior whilst keeping architectural interventions to a minimum.
The extension forms an infill element, taking over the service yard and extending out in a gable form into the North facing courtyard. The ornamental heritage interior of the ‘front of house’ is contrasted with clean minimal details of the open plan rear.
The gable roofed extension forms a single open space that encapsulates the existing house within its interior. An existing fireplace and mantelpiece located in the rear backroom is retained; the room is repurposed and enlarged and now houses the kitchen and dining with the fireplace framing one side of the room.
The stairs, traditionally housed in between the ‘front of house’ and the rear back rooms is reconfigured to wrap around the now enlarged kitchen and dining room. As a circulation space its presence is now clearly felt in the extension as it winds along behind the dining area and peeps over the kitchen.