In architecture, small and compact is usually much more challenging to successfully finesse than large and expansive, and it’s especially cool when architects and designers manage to handle it right. This extension to a Victorian Terrace is a nice example of how it can be done.
Designed by local practice Folk Architects, the two-storey extension comprises an open plan living area, a study and a bedroom which despite being packed into a small footprint are airy and bright, the result of abundant natural light, a variety of curated views and a crafty design approach. The house is called Storybook and features unconventional style of 1920s house in America and contemporary Japanese interiors.
The design of this home is rational and practical: think hidden storage under the built-in sofa and a desk that doubles as a balustrade on the mezzanine level. Such ideas allowed the designers to incorporate all the amenities modern living demands, while also enhancing the sense of spaciousness achieved with multi-use, open plan spaces and the provision of multiple connections between interiors and exteriors.
An elegantly landscaped back yard, complete with a dining patio, a cleverly positioned internal courtyard, and an upper floor terrace grant generous views, as well as provide plenty of daylight, as does a central skylight that serves both the ground floor living area and the master bedroom-cum-study area above. The abundance of window openings not only reduces the need for artificial lighting but also facilitates passive ventilation. Sustainable features include solar panels and micro-inverters, rain water harvesting, solar shading and reduced heat load courtesy of the light-reflecting pattern of white and cream terracotta roof tiles.