Warmington was an existing, quaint 3 bedroom cottage on a steeply sloping site in Brisbane’s Inner suburb of Paddington; we were briefed to respect the cottage but to elevate it into an executive level family home.
The new architecture steps back from the original cottage, to elevate its traditional character. New voids are cut out of the cottage’s floor plan both inside and out to expand the experience of space on this narrow Paddington block. The double height spaces move between the new and existing architecture creating a textural, material dialogue between contemporary and traditional.
The device of the void continues again at the rear defining space within the backyard wrapped with draped plants disguising where the house ends and the landscaping beginnings. Terraced planting wraps the pool, framing views from the interior living spaces. Sunlight through the voids accentuates the textural walls, shadow paly and deep recesses, adding to the play of old and new.