This Period Home Considers the Outdoor Elements

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Aug 6, 2014
References: bearchitecture & contemporist
B.E Architecture renovated the 'Hopetoun Avenue House,' a period home located in the Vaucluse suburb of Sydney, Australia.

The architects designed the extension to purposefully contrast against the existing sandstone house. The new addition is delicate, as opposed to solid, emerging from underneath the site's main feature: a lemon-scented gum tree. The design initiative continues to embrace and integrate the tree as a dominant property detail. The outdoor spaces, which are designed with timber-clad columns that retreat into the background and glazing that allows access from the interior, are oriented so that they frame the tree's trunk.

The home's upper level rests in the tree's branches, floating over the lower level to create an idiosyncratic levitating treetop environment that looks out towards the Sydney Harbor. The roof features a stone treatment to look as though it's been ornamented with scattered leaves.