Juliet House Camperdown

Simon Whitbread


Brief: The project brief was to extend an existing Federation style heritage home to create a generous, light and lofty contemporary living space that connects with the rear garden and laneway, a parents retreat + ensuite upstairs and an additional bedroom kids bedroom. A vast increase in floor area was required however the scale and materiality of the extension needed to sit sympathetically against the character of the original house and be discrete from the front streetscape.

Challenges: Challenges included working within tight heritage controls imposed by Council as well as careful massing of new internal spaces so that the original home is not dominated by the new works, whilst creating a new extension which responds to the context, needs of a young family and clients desire for open plan living and contemporary finishes.

Solutions: A gable roof form was employed which compliments the scale and geometry of the original house, with angled roof planes towards the street elevation which soften the transition from the new higher gable and the original roof. The floor level steps down with the site slope towards the rear to create an opportunity for high ceilings in the living area and bedrooms above.

Highlights: Working sympathetically with the character-filled house, drawing out and celebrating aspects of the original house through repurposed materials and exploring some exciting new geometries that emerge from the original.