An antidote to poorly sewn box-like additions, Tribe Studio principal Hannah Tribe says they took the best parts from the existing home’s strong bones and put them in a modern context. “The clients were keen to preserve the character of the building while enlarging it, but not keen to simply graft a modern extension out the back,” Hannah says.
This was a subtle undertaking, so from the street, the new addition is part of the layered gable terracotta-tile roof lines. The stepped roofline becomes faceted ceiling layers inside, highlighted by the kitchen and dining space void. Subtlety strikes again in the extension’s honest material palette, where recycled tuck-pointed bricks and walnut joinery call on the honest interwar palette.