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A Bright, Breezy Addition Tucked Into A Beloved Home

Architecture

Going camping or caravaning is a holiday pastime that conjures up vivid childhood memories for many of us. But those who have taken that experience, and used it an architectural inspiration are fewer and farther between!

The Bent Annexe house by Bent Architecture inserts a new living area into a beloved 1960s family home in Pascoe Vale South, and echoes the feeling of stepping out of a caravan, into the shade of an annex!

14th March, 2019

The original 1960s house. Photo – Tatjana Plitt.

Old home, fresh new vibe. Photo – Tatjana Plitt.

The renovations brought light and space to the residence. Photo – Tatjana Plitt.

Kitchen detailing in the Annexe house. Photo – Tatjana Plitt.

Concrete floors help to passively heat and cool the house. Photo – Tatjana Plitt.

The north facing windows invite light deep into the home. Photo – Tatjana Plitt.

Nook detail. Photo – Tatjana Plitt.

The new annex ‘tucks’ into the eaves of the home. Photo – Tatjana Plitt.

The perfect sunny spot for an afternoon reading session! Photo – Tatjana Plitt.

The new annex is hugged by garden on both sides. Photo – Tatjana Plitt.

A brightly lined hidey-hole. Photo – Tatjana Plitt.

Miniature tiles, maximum impact. Photo – Tatjana Plitt.

Opening out with new angles. Photo – Tatjana Plitt.

Miriam McGarry
Thursday 14th March 2019

‘Every day should feel like a breath of fresh air, surrounded by nature’ – Paul Porjazoski.

The owners of this Pascoe Vale property wanted to bring light and spaciousness to their 1960s home. Paul Porjazoski of Bent Architecture explains that the idea of an annex was introduced, as a means to retain the original charm of the building, while encouraging new connections to the garden. He highlights ‘in contrast to the heaviness and introspective nature of the original house, this new, site-responsive and light-filled annex is open and outward-looking’ The result is a bright and generous addition to the family home, that feels more like a sheltered place in the garden that a traditional living space.

The renovations began by peeling away previous ad-hoc additions at the rear, ‘leaving only the generously proportioned rooms of the existing home’ Paul explains. The new build cleaves gently into the space, tucking under the existing eaves and expanding out into the garden. Meanwhile, a decked outdoor dining area is protected by a retractable shading device.

Paul highlights how continuity is established between past and present, as a continuous roofline folds overhead. The central courtyard introduces light into the master bedroom, as well as creating ‘the illusion of one continuous space, blurring the boundary between inside and outside.’ This sense of flow is enhanced by the introduction of a brick plinth in the living room, that merges into an outdoor raised planter bed. Brick paving crosses the threshold between inside and out, intentionally blurring boundaries.

This ‘blurring’ between inside and out is partly inspired by the idea of a caravan annex, where  ‘every day should feel like a breath of fresh air, surrounded by nature.’ Thankfully, unlike a caravan, this home offers year-round comfort, passively designed for heat retention in the concrete slab, and cross ventilation throughout, to reduce the need for heating and cooling. Win win!

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