Simon Couchman Architects draws a line between old and new with their modern two-storey design, the Elsternwick House. As the structure rests on the rear of an existing cottage in Elsternwick, Australia, the home mimics its outline as it hovers over the old roof that’s separate from a band of glazing wrapped around it. The top floor accommodates a loft style children’s bedroom, a shared bathroom and north faced fully enclosed balconies with access to the storage area in the existing roof space.
This home represents the practices’ goal for unique, challenging and functional design as the master bedroom situates in the front of the house and opens up to a en-suite bathroom containing a free-standing bath naturally lit by the overhead roof glazing. Zinc pods provide laundry and storage space within the house. The living room, dining room, and kitchen remains on the rear of the abode as they open out to a private timber deck and urban garden.