From the architects: The project comprises alterations and additions to an 1890’s semi-detached dwelling previously afflicted by disengagement with its garden and wider context. The design grew from site constraints, client brief and our interest in exploring a nuanced relationship between interior and exterior.
The result; an alternative grounded in traditional notions of the bay window, which suggests that immediacy of connection is not necessarily achieved by removing all barriers and thresholds indiscriminately. Philip Stejskal Architecture proposed 3 slivers of space that correspond to programmatic requirements, sequenced by environmental ones. They are a new bathroom, access to garden and, an outdoor room.
The bathroom is placed as a narrow sliver along the southern boundary, maximising usable living space whilst creating a privacy barrier. It reaches out toward the garden with a bathtub at the bow offering a place to bathe overlooking the garden.
An access path to the garden occupies the next sliver, which begins as a narrow passage, widens to become a terrace with a built-in seat and ends with winding brick steps. Each element is progressively lower, negotiating 1.5m in height from start to finish.
The final sliver is an outdoor dining room. The room is wrapped in shutters and clear glazed panels to the north and west, with translucent sliding panels to the south. This envelope permits the clients to tailor their connection with the outdoors in response to weather or otherwise.
The clients actively participate to tailor their environment through the continual manipulation of the operable skin / enclosure that mediates their relationship with the outside. The outdoor room is allowed to ‘breathe’ and respond to changing modes of operation and climate.
Location: Fremantle, Australia
Architects: Philip Stejskal Architecture – www.architectureps.com
Project Team: Philip Stejskal, Frangiska Skiadas, Yang Yang Lee, Hanna Horwitz
Photographs: Bo Wong – Robert Frith