Lightbox House

Family of Four
Architectural & Interiors

Brief: To design a contemporary and minimalist rear addition to in sympathy with the character of the 1930’s interwar bungalow; comprising open plan living, dining and kitchen, study, parent’s retreat, ensuite, fourth bedroom, storage attic, outdoor entertaining area.

Challenges: Ensuring that the new design was sympathetic to the surrounding heritage conservation area and heritage home, keeping the new works concealed from the street at the front, minimising overlooking and overshadowing of neighbouring properties at the rear, while creating height, openness and lightness in the new spaces.

Solutions: The new addition steps down the site’s gentle slope, creating an opportunity for a lofty open plan living, dining and kitchen with seamless connection to the deck and garden. A timber slatted screen directs views and creates visual privacy. A link bridge with skylight draws daylight deep into the plan above the study, while connecting and making use of storage space within the original hipped roof form.

Highlights: A timber screen that wraps the facade of the upstairs addition, animating the internal spaces with an interplay of light and shadow, and creating a sense of floating and lightness. The reuse of bricks from the original lean-too within the main living space celebrates the history of the house as it moves into the next phase of its life.






Adriano Pupilli Architects - Lightbox House