Starting with a heritage-listed cottage with a bad 80s extension in the New South Wales’ Southern Highlands, Tziallas Omeara Architecture Studio has created a modern and juxtaposing addition and at the same time re-created the life of the existing home for a client who wanted to ensure the house was as environmentally friendly as it was impressive.
On the street side, the original façade of the house was to appear unchanged. Likewise, the clients spent a great deal of time restoring original element of the home. The extension however is a complete step away from the front – large, airy, modern, sleek and bright. A large kitchen now sits at the centre of the home with living and dining area branching off. A media room and guest accommodation completes the wing. Moreover, Tziallas Omeara Architecture Studio has designed the spaces in such a way that thermal bridging is eliminated, the spaces are naturally cross-ventilated while also maximising passive solar heat gain.
I love this home because for me it is very Australian. It is a heritage cottage with a modern heart and makes environmentalism look sexy.
Story by Brendan Guy, follow him on Instagram MrBrendanGuy
Images: Tom Ferguson