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families with young children “In this sense we wanted to make sure wrapped in a seamless timber skin, covering
there are certain aspects of a that the kids felt part of the action rather the roof, windows and walls.
home which are necessary and some which than going to their rooms and being isolated. This idea of skin is carried through to the
are desirable. A back garden providing safe It’s the idea of the loose fit – a house that detailing of operable timber shutters that are
and secure outdoor space probably falls into doesn’t get in the way. This almost incidental scattered across the façade where openings
the desirable category, but nonetheless such sense of connection between spaces is are required.
space usually comes at an absolute premium, important, whereby children’s cognitive “We decided to intentionally contrast the
especially in urban areas. experiences are encouraged at a young styles of the two components. We wanted to
Besides, as families grow and extra space age as part of a nurturing and reassuring contrast the existing Edwardian house with
is needed, extensions can quite easily eat into environment. Perhaps this is something a sharp and modern extension. However, we
any outdoor space, minimising the garden that is all too often overlooked in domestic did take subtle cues from the undulating and
available. Finding ways to extend that don’t architecture,” he says. angular roof forms of the existing residence
encroach on the garden is no easy task. one In order to retain the garden space, when designing the sculptural form of the
way of doing this of course is to extend a key requirement of the brief, Jackson extension,” explains Holland.
upwards into the loft, but tight planning and Holland came up with a particularly The construction technique for the
regulations don’t always allow this. innovative solution. Three children’s addition involves a cost-efficient waterproof
For architects Tim Jackson and Joachim bedrooms and a bathroom were placed fibre cement cladding system with
Quino Holland of Jackson Clements Burrows, cantilevering above the garden, above a large timber battens and rainscreen cover. The
an altogether more inventive solution was living space below. This extension was then large cantilever is achieved through the ➔
necessary for an extension to a family home in
Hawthorn, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia.
The brief for the project was to provide
extra space for a young growing family,
with three children under the age of 10,
while retaining as much of the back garden
as possible.
The initial idea was to challenge
the conventional ‘box on the back’ type
addition with a sculptural form that was
born of site restraints, such as the resCode
(local planning restrictions) setbacks along
the south boundary, the ideal internal
arrangement, the desire to maintain as much
back garden as possible and inspired by the
rooftop topography of hips and valleys of
the existing Edwardian house.
With this in mind, Jackson and Holland
set about an exciting design for a new
addition which would fulfil all of the
requirements set down in the brief, but that
was also geared towards a family and, more
important, towards children.
“Internally there is a complexity of
overlapping spaces where the linear form “WE WAnTEd To ConTrAsT
of the bedrooms above becomes embedded
in the skillion roof forms of the living THE ExIsTIng EdWArdIAn
spaces below. Here we see an opportunity
to connect the living and bedroom spaces HousE WITH A sHArP And
with portholes and a communication
void that doubles as a thermal chimney,” ModErn ExTEnsIon”
explains Holland.
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