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Dappled Light

The Dappled Light House, Torquay (08/2014 - 09/2015)

This project was for a couple with young children who were quickly growing up. The existing 5 Bedroom house plus Study had a small Living and Dining area and the brief was to create additional space for the family and also themselves. A pool, spa and outdoor entertaining area were also to be provided.

Our initial sketches considered several options for the additions, primarily focused on the siting, with consideration of how to best integrate the new structure with the existing. Through study of the opportunities and constraints of the site it was apparent that if the East facing wall of the extension were permeable it could provide privacy from the adjoining owner, while welcoming the morning light. This discovery led to the perforation of the eaves to soften the Summer sun, providing dappled light to the upper level spaces. The long, thin floating roof plays against the squat, heavy dwelling we were assimilating with.


The extension to the existing two storey brick veneer home has been positioned to the South of the site to enable the home to open up to the garden and pool, accessed via the North facing decking; an extension of these spaces at both Ground Floor and Level 1. The new wing comprises a new Dining, Living space and Powder at Ground Level, with stair up to a Lounge and Study at Level 1. The location of the site enables stunning coastal views of the sand dunes over the adjacent park to be provided from the upper-level decking, with a daybed positioned to also enjoy this vista.

Floor finishes include polished concrete at ground level, with carpet upstairs.  The new stair and exterior decking are Blackbutt timber, as is the flooring throughout the existing residence, replaced as part of the works. Birch plywood wall paneling and cabinetry within the new zones create a warm soft palette, which provide the home with a relaxed feel. The form of the building is simple, with brickwork has been carefully selected to match the existing with core-ten steel clad feature panels chosen for their earthy tones.


Hit and miss brickwork feature extensively through two full height walls, and conceal the adjoining owner’s property, while providing filtered light from the East. An open fireplace sits over a hearth with joinery below and provides heat to the new living spaces at the lower level. For the most part blinds will not be required and the connection to the outdoor environment can be fully appreciated. The occupants experience differs from day to day, season to season