A contemporary extension to an existing residence, the purpose of the Tree View house was to bring a new degree of comfort, functionality and sustainability to a family home.
The existing house was preserved for many reasons: budget, the existing streetscape and the ethos of recycling. The contemporary addition responds to naturally occurring site features including solar access, breezes and tree views.
The addition is pushed back from the northern boundary to improve solar access to living spaces and decks. The split roof form is generated by the opposing forces that rake the roof north towards solar gain and neighbouring treetop views, while also lifting it to the south towards southerly breezes and an existing maple tree.
The southern garden, previously disconnected from the house was re-imagined and transformed into the focal point, creating a relationship between the house and its surrounding environment.
Builder: Figurehead Constructions
Photographer: Emma Cross