The Carlisle Street extension is a foray into a new-Australian vernacular. Familiar materials and form are used with a higher-consideration to context and passive design, exploring a vernacular for the modern-day. The extension is restrained and simple; a volume of space that is light-filled and expansive yet private.
The brief called for a clean, light-filled extension, primarily encompassing Kitchen, Living, Dining and outdoor areas. The client was inclined toward a Scandinavian aesthetic, but also wanted to embrace context. This was the catalyst for an exploration of a ‘modern-vernacular’ where the historical style of Adelaide housing was to be interpreted in a modern, considered and environmentally conscious manner.
Familiar Australian materials were used with sustainably sourced timber and good material efficiency, the use of steel was minimised and the program looked to simplify the extension down to its basic elements. The result was a single volume of space that is adaptable, flexible and enough for a family. The biggest was challenge was to create something that looked ‘Australian’ while rectifying the old problem of Australian houses having poor environmental performance.
Reverse brick veneer creates a well-insulated envelope and Hydronic-underfloor heating keeps the space warm in winter. The clean expressed gable ceiling in is tension with the natural ventilation which draws cool air from the south and vents at high levels to the North and West.