Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Camelia Cottage in Carlton North, Melbourne, Australia by 4site Architecture
November 8th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: 4site Architecture
The client merely asked for more storage and more light. The existing house had various additions over the years and they were poorly built and very run down. The interior spaces were poorly lit and the exterior spaces poorly utilized due to ill conceived planning.
Whilst respecting the quality of space in the existing terrace house, the design aimed to give a clear indication that this is a dramatic insertion at the back of the property at this point in time. A blossom in the monotonous heritage green, salmon pink, beige and corrugated sheeting urban landscape.
With a minuscule budget, the colourful joinery wall is the key element which acts to visually connect the inside to the outside, separated by bi-fold doors. The joinery wall houses various storage cupboards both indoors and outdoors. There is a concealed water tank for roof water collection and the joinery wall also forms the new entry to the existing bathroom. The break-up of the colours help break down to finer scale that is appreciated in the small space.
The windows in the Late 19th Century living room once again act as the source of natural light with the new built to boundary wall and lean-to which reflects light back it the space. It now also provides light and ventilation to the previously blocked bedroom window. A storage platform flows from the new lean-to into the living room and provide additional built in seating.
Although the chimney was removed, the memory of the old fireplace is preserved by the design of the storage wall. Old bricks were maintained in the same location for the hearth which now is a place for the TV.
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