Gorden Street House

The Gordon Street house strives for a balance between easy living for a family of five, and respect for the existing Edwardian double fronted house. The form of the building evolved from the need to get north sun into a south facing rear garden.

The layout maintains the traditional rooms at the front, but there is a strong expression of the internal space between new and old, where vertical and horizontal circulation occurs. There is a definite, but informal side entry for the family and friends. The main bedroom is upstairs for privacy and light.

The form of the extension slopes up dramatically to the north and becomes low at the garden so not to overshadow itself.

There are all the normal sustainability measures including, high insulation, thermal mass through the concrete floor, and a thermal chimney at the top of the stairs.

But the highlight is the north sunlight and ambience created by the long slot highlight windows in the living space.

The owners report the house as being very comfortable and suitable for a growing busy household.”

  • Builder::
    Whale Builders
  • Structural Engineer::
    Keith Long & Associates
  • Photographer::
    Rory Gardiner

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