auburn grove residence

In the spirit of Palladio’s Palazzo Chiericati (1550) and of optimising existing embodied energy, this townhouse has been extended on three sides through a trabeated laminated timber framework, infilled with full height glazing and protected by aluminium louvre screens.  The extension has brought the upper level up to the lush deciduous canopies of the well-established street trees while folding doors open the living spaces up to enjoy the northern courtyard beneath the same canopies.  A central Tasmanian oak open stair with stepped plasterboard walls divides the singular space into living and dining while leading to the 4m long former board room table, now upcycled into a spectacular cantilevered blackwood kitchen island benchtop.  The sourcing of previously used well-crafted twentieth century modern furniture has become emblematic for a project that sought to transform a 1970s brick clad townhouse into a contemporary light filled abode, dwelling within the landscape.

photographer: Dianna Snape