Sited within a mixed use residential/industrial zone, these two semi-detached dwellings were purchased with a view to forming a single cohesive dwelling. The design approach necessitated the breaking apart of the physical division between the two halves of the existing building in order to unify the available spaces. In tandem with this breaking and rejoining of the circulation in the existing floor plan, the character of the built form was respected through sensitive treatment of form and proportion. New built elements are modern and aesthetically unrestricted.
The spinal double brick party wall has been cut through in several places throughout the building whilst at the rear it has been largely deleted. This creates a large open plan living space connecting directly to the rear yard. The natural symmetry of the building has been deliberately shattered in places to blur the lines between the past and the present, with colour, texture and form alternating between compliment and contrast. The resultant product is a unique family home that provides an excellent level of flexibility and harmony.