The existing property on the site was modest in scale compared with it’s neighbours and was lacking the prominence and design quality that is expected for the area. The owners wished to have a fresh start with the intention to demolish the existing house and create a modern new build home. We were employed as an experienced local architect to explore the possibilities for the site.
Through an initial feasibility study of the neighbouring houses we were able to establish a suitable scale and gabled roof forms that would break the mass of the property effectively into ‘wings’ accessed off a central atrium lobby. This enabled the most efficient route through the house that would branch off into rooms either side and allow for a balanced appearance in elevation.
The proposed plan layout was designed around the clients needs for an open plan living space and kitchen that would overlook the garden. The land to the rear drops significantly creating a natural vantage point to walk onto a rear terrace. We saw an opportunity to add value to the living accommodation and amenity spaces by introducing a lower ground level that responds to the level change in the topography.
In this partially sunken space, there was a full rear elevation that could open up to the garden via sliding doors. Adding an element of luxury and prominence, we designed this space around a recreational indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi. In addition, we introduced a cinema room which being adjacent to the pool would offer the homeowners the scope for the ultimate home party and entertainment venue.
The upper levels of the property are divided into 6 generous double bedrooms with en-suites and dressing rooms all arranged around the central atrium. The staircase is formed around the triple height space as a sculptural element and voids in the floor allow connectivity between levels so that the homeowners still feel connected to other parts of the house. This is the balance we strived towards, where the magazine worthy luxury elements are introduced as a bonus but at the heart is the functionality and a direction towards still create a home for a growing family.