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The steel framed glass structure on the back of Adelaide architect Con Bastiras' 1904 house
"The origins of architecture are English, and in the northern climate, if you wanted a room to let the sunshine in, you'd build a glass conservatory.
The existing house was "really quite dark and cold" and the idea of the new addition, which incorporates kitchen, dining, bathroom and laundry, is to provide a degree of modern function and sense of spce and light.
The two parts of the house are contrasting in a positive way, you can view the new part as a non-building - it's almost as if it's not there it's so transparent. All you see is light, skeletal structure.
To make the transition between old and new as seamless as possible, flooring throughout the house is recycled Baltic pine.
As well, Carrara marble is used in the new bathroom and kitchem, taking as its refernce point the marble fireplaces in the original part.
"The fireplaces set the theme."
The swimming pool, just outside the new addition, has also been renovated and the garden landscaped.
"There's the clichÃ© about connecting the outside and inside, but my view, and one that I like to push strongly to clients, has always been that if you want that connection, what's outside has to be worthy, to be treated with the same level of quality as inside. There's no point in having beautiful glass walls opening to nothing; that can detract from the building."