Hampden Road House is defined by a balance between connection and separation.
Our clients were transitioning into retirement, and they hoped our design would inspire them to share time together while also having the space to independently engage with their interests. This informed our approach to the relationship between the original Georgian cottage – an important heritage building in Battery Point – and the new addition – a contemporary glazed pavilion.
Aware of the historic value of the site, the alteration and addition to this 1850’s cottage and former milk depot was designed to be unapologetically modern while remaining sympathetic to its surroundings through the ‘house and garden’ typology which references the finer grain traditionally seen in Battery Point.
Due to the heritage listing of the cottage, the pavilion needed to be discreet. A dark exterior and low-lying form hides the addition behind the cottage. Utilising the entire site the pavilion frames numerous courtyards which distribute the outdoor space through the home. Large floor to ceiling windows offers views, filtered by landscaping, through the courtyard to activities occurring elsewhere in the house.
Continuous glazing wraps around the central courtyard, reflecting the landscape and neighbouring heritage homes. Semi-gloss rendered walls, set away from the courtyard windows, provide a backdrop for an impressive art collection, while sculptures emerge from moody alcoves, blurring the experience between home and gallery.
Consequently, the courtyard, the glazing and the walls create a semi-permeable veil allowing occupants to remain visually connected while engaging in their own pastimes.
“How do you retire together? What does that space look like? It’s a very different house to a family home and revolves around two agents needing to have some sort of independence in a single dwelling. A lot of our conversations led to the idea of a veil that would sit between you and the other party, that progressed to the envelope of the building becoming a layered veil that added depth to views, which are filtered through glass, across the landscaped courtyard and back into the home.” – Chris Gilbert
The historic significance of Battery Point reinforced our belief in the importance of creating buildings that stand the test of time, informing a palette of durable natural materials of steel, timber, concrete, brass and stone. Thus, moving through the home, one experiences both the old and the new, with the continuity in the materiality creating the sense that though everything is different, everything is connected.
A music room, containing a baby-grand piano, projects out into the main courtyard. Surrounding glass doors open to transform the music room from private sanctuary into a public stage. Such features demonstrate how the house reflects and supports the juxtaposing social and private elements of the client’s lives.
A newly added bathroom is concealed behind a secret door in the hallway. Dramatic natural light floods the room from a skylight above the shower, without altering the heritage envelope.
Material Used :
1. Facade cladding: Spotted gum timber cladding with oil finish / Brickwork with bagged render finish.
2. Flooring: Hazel Bros Polished off white cement screed with arctic pigment and 10mm Summers aggregate mix / Tretford Autumn Fern wide broadloom carpet.
3. Doors: Custom Cabinets Tas Oak double glazed French doors. Porters Paints Japan Black oil finish / Wellington Steelworks Hand-forged entry door pull with black enamel finish.
4. Windows: Custom Cabinets Tas Oak full height double glazed windows. Porters Paints Japan Black oil finish / AGG iPlus LowE high performance double glazing.
5. Roofing: Lysaght CustomOrb roof sheeting in Colorbond Monument.
6. Interior lighting: Archier Capital 2400mm fluted brass pendant with wax finish over island bench / Bega Recessed LED ceiling luminaires with hand-blown glass diffuser to cottage / Night works Duomo bedside wall sconces with LED globes / Unios Kobe LED track lighting to extension.
7. Interior furniture: Art and furniture client supplied
8. Artedomus: Concordia stone island bench
9. Custom Cabinets: 5mm stainless steel benchtop with integrated sinks.
10. KWC: Pull out stainless steel mixer.
11. Liebherr: Integrated fridge and freezer.
12. Siemens: Appliances
13. Wellington Steelworks: Mild steel joinery fronts and custom shelving with polished wax finish.
14. Custom Cabinets: Plywood joinery fronts with Livos Kunos oil finish.
15. Blum: Blumotion with tip-on door and drawer hardware.
16. Wellington Steelworks: Hand-forged door pulls with polished wax finish.
17. Faucet Strommen: Pegasi raw brass tapware and fittings.
18. Artedomus: Concordia stone vanity cut and installed by Heritage Stone. Lithofin Stainstop
19. Victoria + Albert: Edge countertop basin.
20. Victoria + Albert: Mozanno free standing bath.
21. Stiebel Eltron: Hydronic heating and heat recovery ventilation
22. Artedomus: Yohen Border mosaic tile kitchen splashback