Cooks River House

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A Federation bungalow overlooking the Cooks River is converted into a family dwelling sited amongst an expansive and natural garden.

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A single-storey bungalow with an unsympathetic later addition previously occupied this sloping site, facing south along the Cooks River. The overgrown site had a wild, natural feel which our clients saw as an adventure-filled place to raise their young family.



Key intentions for the house were to improve the connection to the natural beauty of the site – creating a home that feels far removed from the city, responding to views, topography and light.

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Entering the site, the meandering path descends into the garden, following the line of the escarpment. The rocky landscape is negotiated by a series of insertions – stairs, deck, pavers - creating a sequence of terraced outdoor spaces for play and entertaining.



The gesture of opening the ground floor to the surrounding garden serves to invite the landscape into and through the home itself.



The sensitive insertion of a first floor pod into the existing Federation roof volume carefully retains its character, creating views from the main bedroom out to the tree canopy and river beyond.



Spotted Gum joinery and plain finishes gives the interior palette a natural quality in keeping with the tones of the surrounding landscape.



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Project Credits:

Architect, Interiors, Lighting: studioplusthree
Photography: Tom Ferguson
Structural Engineer: Cantilever Consulting Engineers
Landscape Design: Chris Owen, Fieldwork Associates
Landscape Contractor: Rhys Smith (Rhystyled Gardens)
Planning Consultant: Phillip North