A ‘Much less Is Extra’ Extension For A Charming Coburg Residence

Coburg Frieze by Mihaly Slocombe Architects proves good issues can are available in small packages.

The architects had been engaged by homeowners Mark and Alicia, who had quite a lot of love for the endearing interwar house, and much more so for its gardens. However the home itself was ‘darkish and closed off from the backyard’, principal architect Warwick Mihaly says.

They had been tasked with enhancing the property’s connection to the outside in addition to its performance to raised help the household’s trendy life-style. A giant a part of this was ‘questioning’ what was actually wanted and simplifying wherever doable.

‘We saved all however 14 sq. metres of the prevailing home,’ Warwick explains.

This 14-square-metres was, in truth, the lean-to in the back of the property. It was eliminated in favour of a brand new extension, containing the brand new front room, a refurbished kitchen and new eating room that appears into the again backyard.

The rest of the home was then rigorously retained and ‘reprogrammed’ to marry every room with its finest purposeful match, for instance, reappointing the lounge as a brand new bed room, or changing a bed room into a brand new household toilet.

Warwick says the renovation was all about prioritising high quality over amount, impressed by German designer Dieter Rams’ enduring philosophy of ‘much less, however higher’. And all up, the ensuing home is simply 135-square-metres.

‘We additionally gave numerous cautious consideration to the home windows, giving the house a richness in the best way it opens onto backyard areas; giant sliding doorways and home windows that open to the north or onto the deck, tactile casements, and louvres that open to the sky,’ Warwick says.

‘Our intervention has taken the seeds of Alisha and Mark’s love of craft and horticulture and created a spot that’s rather more attuned to their each day rituals. It’s heat, open and tactile, full of sunshine and fantastically crafted.’