Marty and Naomi’s Suntrap, Downer, ACT

The project is to improve and expand a modest three bedroom ‘ex-govvie’ house to accommodate the needs of a growing family.

The central idea of the proposal was to undertake ‘surgery’ to the existing dwelling to allow the placement of a new wing accommodating the additional living space and master bedroom, along with a carport, bike storage and garden storage. 

The organisation of the new spaces was to both maximise solar access to the thermally massive elements within, and provide straight forward connections to the garden that embrace the notion of the ‘home’ occupying the entire site, not just the building envelope.

The approach to detailing and materials selection goes beyond simple aesthetics, seeking to acknowledge the deeper qualities of the elements - thermal mass, structural function, connections. As such materials are left exposed and utilised to compose the spaces rather than concealed by an applied finish.

MAKO Architecture: Erin Owens
Client: Private
Photography: Ben Guthrie

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