This project is a case of doing little and making a big impact. Essentially a simple renovation it has had a huge impact on the occupiers of the building. The scope included demolishing two internal walls and constructing an internal wall and two external decks yet.
Where the floor plan was once disjointed with many disconnected rooms the house now flows effortlessly from the front deck all the way to the backyard. The renovation was sympathetic to the history of the original house and maintains its relaxed character + detailing.
In the words of the client, the "house has been transformed from a traditional timber cottage with lots of small pokey rooms, into a much more free-flowing and open-planned home. It has really changed the way the space is used - far more relaxed and connected. The new front deck allows for both the front and rear gardens to be enjoyed. The home is far more welcoming with great street appeal'.
Project Inception: Feb 2016 Project Completion: Dec 2016 Owner Builder + Andrew Musgrove Structural Engineer: Cantilever Engineers
Photography: Justin Aaron Photography
This project, in the early stages of design + approval, will see the adaptive reuse of an former Cathedral in rural NSW to provide an new community hub.
The new community space and associated public areas will connect thethe river to it's vibrant main street and will integrate new public hub it into the city’s pedestrian network. The proposed adaptive reuse will provide a flexible multi-purpose facility, capable of serving a variety of functions for the community, special interest groups, local businesses, schools, Council, the Church and others.
In association with Paul Berkemeier Architects
This revitalization of an inner city worker's cottage aimed to open the space up + provide natural light and a direct connection to the outdoor area.
The renovations + additions took cue from this wall utilizing a variety of bricks throughout the extension. Recycled bricks sourced extended the remnant wall, adding texture and colour in an otherwise monochrome extension. New bricks weave through the project, beginning inside as the kitchen bench, wrapping along the length of the room as a ledge for artwork + modern essentials, snaking outside and bulging to form a BBQ bench before finally dipping down to create a long bench seat.
The hit + miss brick of the courtyard wall visually borrows space from the shared laneway beyond, while the brick on edge paving laid in a stack bond pattern, steps its way into the landscape blurring the edges between garden + courtyard.
The materiality of the bricks is contrasted by a folded white living/kitchen/dining space. The roof folds up to North providing light + ventilation while creating a sense of weightlessness which counteracts the solid brick base.
Project Inception: Nov 2012 Project Completion: Dec 2014 Builder: Laycock Constructions Structural Engineer: SDA Strucutres
Photography: Justin Aaron Photography
Rouse Hill Visitors Centre (PBA)
Whilst at Paul Berkemeier Architects Jo was the project Architect for the new Visitor Centre for Rouse Hill House + farm, owned + run by the Historic Houses Trust. The new Visitor Centre sits on the site of the historic former Rouse Hill House and Farm. The design draws inspiration from the existing farm houses on site and directly references an existing visitor building. Internally the building aims to provide an environment appropriate for many uses including, ticket sales, information, audio visual, office areas and souvenir sales. Despite a tight budget this building responds to its environment and the needs of the client without compromising the quality of the space or the design.
ARCHITECTURE ON SHOW
A simple design solution proposed for the many underutilised and unappealing lane ways dotted through Inner west Council.
Taking cues from active the lane ways of Melbourne, Asia and Europe we proposed three simple fold out structures which each allow a different yet complimentary activity to occur. The structures can open and close as the public and local businesses dictate.
Presented at 'Architecture on Show', Nov 2017 for Innerwest Council.
ONE HOUSE / TWO HOUSE
A new house in Sydney's Eastern suburbs for a forward thinking young family. The brief was for a house which was light and modern and could be converted into two flats once the children had moved out.
The site is highly constrained with a large apartment block running along the northern side boundary, a narrow, busy + public street frontage and a very large street tree along the foot path. The design address these issues by stepping the building up the site and pulling the building apart to increase accessibility to light while maintaining privacy to the neighbours on either side.
This project is currently in the design + approvals stage.
SKIPPING HILL HOUSE
A simple striking renovation to a simple brick bungalow in the western suburbs of Sydney. Opening of the ceiling an roof line to the sky allows for natural light to penetrate the western facing living spaces.
This is a design which started with a strong focus and has evolved along the way to accommodate the realities of an suburban site + specific clients.
Interior styling of a mid century architectural classic. This apartment was at the forefront of design when it was built in the 1950's by the late Sydney architect Neville Gruzman. The building was a prototype for a much larger development which was axed due to the construction of the Gore Hill Freeway to the north of the Harbour Bridge. The styling of this apartment pays homage to the era of the apartments by utilising a mix of modern and reclaimed items to create a relaxed and modern home.
Bastian Architecture sourced and refurbished furniture for this project along with selecting all soft furnishings + artwork.
Jo loves to find the unknown treasure and restore an item to it's full potential.
These arm chairs were in various states of neglect, with frayed fabric, disintegrating cushions and bad varnishes.
The next chair has been sourced and is ready for some restoration, pics to be uploaded!
Sydney Fish Markets
A public + commercial building operating as a wholesale fish market with retail facilities and public plazas. The project provides a better solution to the existing Sydney Fish Market by improving facilities for the auction + wholesale of produce and public use.
The building will be multi-purpose providing auction + administration facilities for the wholesalers + commercial buyers of seafood as well as making a public place for the general public. The facilities also include the Sydney Seafood School, seafood retailers and restaurants.
The proposal integrates the activities of the fishermen, commercial buyers and wholesalers with the general public. The project provides upgraded building facilities and improves the site's connection to the water''s edge and harbour and works to engage the public in the activities of the harbour and the Market.