Inspired by the humanist modernism of Alvar Aalto, the project features brick, and black-stained and natural timbers. A black paint finish to the existing house visually connects the old and new building vocabularies. A flat roof hangs over both the new extension and a preserved wall of the original house, separated by a high-level band of frameless glazing. The design strategy of the new building to the rear continues into the existing interior, with a progressively lighter touch as it moves toward the front of the building. Brick paving to the garden continues into the interior, blurring the threshold between inside and out. The bathroom is articulated as a pod sitting inside the building, and a glazed ceiling panel bringing borrowed natural light into the shower area. The scheme creates a framed view of the original interior, presenting its pressed tin ceilings and walls as a found object.

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Looking from the open-plan dining area, through the kitchen to to the new living space, one gets views of the tree canopy through a high-level band of frameless glazing. Photo  of Villa Leichhardt modern homeView Photos

Looking from the open-plan dining area, through the kitchen to to the new living space, one gets views of the tree canopy through a high-level band of frameless glazing.

The continuity of the brick floor finish from outside to inside lends an exterior quality to the new living space, and a room-like quality to the terrace. Photo 3 of Villa Leichhardt modern homeView Photos

The continuity of the brick floor finish from outside to inside lends an exterior quality to the new living space, and a room-like quality to the terrace.

Variously finished in brick and timber, the scheme incorporates three interior levels and two exterior levels, heightening the sense of the landscape extending inside the building and vice versa. Photo 4 of Villa Leichhardt modern homeView Photos

Variously finished in brick and timber, the scheme incorporates three interior levels and two exterior levels, heightening the sense of the landscape extending inside the building and vice versa.

Variously finished in brick and timber, the scheme incorporates three interior levels and two exterior levels, heightening the sense of the landscape extending inside the building and vice versa. Photo 5 of Villa Leichhardt modern homeView Photos

Variously finished in brick and timber, the scheme incorporates three interior levels and two exterior levels, heightening the sense of the landscape extending inside the building and vice versa.

A white pod stops short of the full ceiling height, incorporating kitchen appliances and storage, and accommodating the bathroom. Photo 6 of Villa Leichhardt modern homeView Photos

A white pod stops short of the full ceiling height, incorporating kitchen appliances and storage, and accommodating the bathroom.

Inside the white pod, the white-tiled bathroom is top-lit by a glazed panel bringing in borrowed natural light from the high-level glazing in the kitchen. Photo 7 of Villa Leichhardt modern homeView Photos

Inside the white pod, the white-tiled bathroom is top-lit by a glazed panel bringing in borrowed natural light from the high-level glazing in the kitchen.

The original building is treated with a black paint finish to set up a visual relationship with the black glass and stained timber of the modern addition. Photo 8 of Villa Leichhardt modern homeView Photos

The original building is treated with a black paint finish to set up a visual relationship with the black glass and stained timber of the modern addition.

The continuity of the brick floor finish from outside to inside lends an exterior quality to the new living space, and a room-like quality to the terrace. Photo 11 of Villa Leichhardt modern homeView Photos

The continuity of the brick floor finish from outside to inside lends an exterior quality to the new living space, and a room-like quality to the terrace.

A white pod stops short of the full ceiling height, incorporating kitchen appliances and storage, and accommodating the bathroom. Photo 12 of Villa Leichhardt modern homeView Photos

A white pod stops short of the full ceiling height, incorporating kitchen appliances and storage, and accommodating the bathroom.

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Builder
  • MPA Developments
Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Square Feet
  • 1150