The temporary for this venture was to rework a small and darkish Edwardian residence right into a light-filled two-bedroom, two-bathroom residence with a beneficiant examine house. Director of Rara Architecture and Interior Design, Wesley Spencer, describes how the small footprint (simply 108 sq. metres) offered challenges, requiring the finances to work arduous to attain the supposed outcomes!
The key technique of this venture was ‘to bring light into the dwelling and to introduce the feeling of spaciousness,’ Wesley says. This has been achieved within the hovering raked ceiling of the dwelling house, and by introducing a mezzanine, the place further house has been cleverly crafted!
With a little bit of backwards and forwards about how greatest to interpret to the unique fashion of the house, the decision was to embark upon a brand new construct ‘that respected neighbourhood character without looking like a mock-Edwardian.’ Wesley describes the ensuing construction as a ‘statement piece’ of structure that respects its Edwardian previous with its weatherboard exterior, entrance verandah and pitched roof, ‘but folded into the design are other influences that brought out the most of the home.’
The characterful title comes from the entrance and rear facade that resembles a cuckoo clock, however the interiors are splashed with an unconventional, daring use of color. The vivid orange kitchen and midnight blue within the bedrooms creates distinct zones, whereas the dwelling space aesthetic is extra restrained.
The windowless bed room offered a selected problem for the architects. In order to rework the house into certainly one of heat and leisure, the designers drew upon ‘an Egyptian tomb, or Italian church ceiling with a blue night sky painted on it’ to create a way of a roofless room!
From the upside-down arch on the entrance window, to the plywood ‘box’ vestibule that hyperlinks the outdated and new, and the gently pink verandah, there’s a lot to go cuckoo about on this modern and daring residence.