Lawson Street House was a home that was entombed in concrete including built in concrete couches in the living room. It had none of the personality, light or softness that the clients desired. With a baby on the way it was critical to move quickly so we decided to work within the existing building envelope to avoid Council delays relating to set-back controls. The client brief was to create a unique visual statement that would allow the home to stand out from the heritage fronts of the neighbouring properties. The functional spaces were moved to the lower level and primary living spaces moved upstairs. On the top level we introduced large glazed windows, a courtyard and a NE orientation to create a light and airy entertaining and living space. We punctuated the form with a low-pitched roof with clearstory windows, which added even more light to the area. Internal finishes such as dark timber floors, marble and steel resulted in a home that satisfied both the client and the context of the site.

Environmental Features

  • Cross ventilation paths through the home.
  • Raised floor structure to facilitate subfloor ventilation.
  • North orientation and glazing to maximise winter solar access.
  • Energy efficient fittings.

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