The Skylight House reinterprets a traditional Victorian terrace house. Two fluid horizontal planes have been inserted within the party walls; one forming a ground floor plan, mediating the natural ground levels along the site; and a second along the ceiling line, which is fragmented to permit sunlight into the length of the building.
The brief for the project was alterations and additions to the existing dwelling to incorporate three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a new kitchen within the existing facade. The lack of light to the ground floor loungeroom and rear of the site also needed to be addressed.
Our response was to flip the floor plan; the dark introverted lounge room of the existing dwelling was relocated to the first floor, and the bedrooms to the ground. This change facilitated the exploration of the roof and ceiling planes as spatial dividers and south facing funnels for light, providing a continutous level of illumination accross the living, dining and kitchen levels, and into the rear of the site. The bedrooms are located on the levels below, where the light levels and outlook are less critical.