Ruby Street

Ruby Street

Ruby Street

Project details –

Type
Residential

Builder
Fido Projects

Year
2018

 

Photos
Willem-Dirk du Toit

Art Direction
Esme Parker

Curation
Clarke Art

 

A mid century war services home, designed by Architect C.C. Sainsbury in 1953, has been sensitively updated and extended.

The raked forms and deep eaves were a challenging foundation for this first floor extension. The new building is formed of two intersecting volumes topped with the same angle as the existing roof. This creates dynamic internal spaces; particularly at the crossing where triangular windows draw in light and sky.

The brief required additional space and to showcase their collection of art and books.  This was largely resolved through the insertion of the stair and associated joinery. It displays sculpture and books while concealing storage and services with a simple presentation that belies its complexity.

Corten was selected to echo existing timber details and tonally transition from the brick. It was also chosen for its robust quality so that the updated home will continue to endure.

Stair Window
perfectly frames the neighbour’s silver birch

Animation
Cinemagraph by Isobel Knowles

 
 

Kids’ Bedrooms
Light and sky come in where the ceiling angles intersect

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