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The brief expressed a desire for north-facing living areas to accommodate extended family and friends, creating strong spatial distinctions between living, dining and kitchen areas and facilitating moments for the family to connect. The spatial qualities of the existing cottage drove the designteam to develop a narrative around inverted and split volumes, establishing a pattern language and balanced visual cohesion.

The new addition follows the existing roofline with an apex cut out, drawing in northern light. The lowered roofline below reinforces the line of the existing double-loaded corridor in the new open plan living spaces, allowing the spaces to be split into two zones; the kitchen and dining to the east and the lounge to the west. The raked roof line is expressed internally in both spaces with the lowered corridor ceiling dividing the two.

The ‘split’ concept is reinforced in subtle interior gestures throughout the home. Each element articulates connection and individuality, reflecting the personalities that come together as a family unit. The kitchen bench is composed of offset sculpted forms, bathroom joinery is articulated in triangulated geometries, while the northern deck reiterates the roof form in plan, mimicking an inverted shadow cast by the building.

Photography: Peter Bennetts

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Our architecture and interiors tell the stories of the place on which it resides, and the stories of the people who occupy the place, both past and present. We develop site sensitive, sustainable design responses embedded with the particularities of our client, which maximises the natural amenity of the home to elevate a greater sense of wellbeing and connection to place. 

Our design response oscillates between the pragmatic and the poetic, always striving for unique creative responses which are engineered for the local conditions.

FMD Architects is a practice with extensive experience in architecture and interior design of varying scales, types and budgets. The core work of the practice is boutique commercial, hospitality and residential work.

The focus on specific projects enables a high level of client service as well as an intense design process with rigorous detail.

A particularity of the practice is its extensive research into materials and product development, which equips it with a knowledge to develop rich and inventive architecture.

The personal and collective histories of our clients enrich our ideas on every project. Our methodology allows us to research thoroughly the particularity of any design brief without falling back upon generic response.

We add value through an insightful creative process to produce a unique response to each project

At ArchiPro we recognise and acknowledge the existing, original and ancient connection Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have to the lands and waterways across the Australian continent. We pay our respects to the elders past and present. We commit to working together to build a prosperous and inclusive Australia.