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Balmain House

Carter Williamson Architects
Brett Boardman

The design is for a new building to sit sympathetically behind and recessive from the original cottage. The new touches the old through a light small connection that locates a gothic like court yard and the front door.

The square ground floor houses the kitchen, living and dining rooms. Large voids puncture the upper level plan organising the space between bedroom, study and library. The voids spacially organise the ground plan defining the kitchen, dining and circulation. The rear facade is a composition of light and shade.Strong off form concrete blades attenuate east and west light, while marble horizontal louvres control northern light.

An Australian practice Carter Williamson Architects created a family house with marble brise-soleils on the rear facade. It was located in New South Wales, Australia. The house was an existing timber cottage, which could not be removed from the site. The original cottage stood in front of the new structure. A little covered courtyard area connected to it. At the back of the modern house, a concrete framework served shading from the east and west, with horizontal marble slabs slotted in between. On the ground floor, there was a large tri-fold glazed door, which extended the open plan living space out to the garden. On the first floor, there were a bedroom, study, library and bathroom.

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