Sorrel is a progressive extension and alteration to a small cottage on a sloping site in Paddington, Brisbane Australia. The project explores the juxtaposition between historical context and contemporary architecture. In a somewhat controversial decision, the call was made to make a clear distinction between the small, original cottage and the new work, keeping their respective personalities distinct. The materials used are in stark contrast to the remnant cottage with a dominate use of concrete offering a deliberate counterpoint to the vernacular.
Behind the façade, and for reasons relating to limited mobility of one of the client’s children, the design was conceived about how to create a predominantly single-story house on a sloping site. To this end, a discreet, contemporary pavilion was added to the north of the cottage, allowing the new work to connect with the main living spaces level to the garden.
Designed by Shaun Lockyer Architects, the result was a provocative outcome with a distinct juxtaposition between what was and what is. There is a clear dialogue between the two buildings. Equally, the tensions that exist between the modest cottage and the new extension are celebrated with change of scale and play of light.
This is a robust, hard-wearing home intended to gracefully age and limit maintenance oriented to maximise northerly winter sun. The timber is (by desire) to be maintained. Green roofs, substantial thermal mass, Low E glass and LED lighting and timbers complete our approach to making a more relevant and enduring home.