London and Sydney-based practice pH+ has completed this large extension to a beach-side cottage in Australia featuring several sections which open up to the elements
Dubbed Catalina Crescent, the home in Sydney features a monopitched sloping roof made up of a single plane that folds on itself to form a canopy.
Timber was chosen to match the existing property and blend into its bushland setting.
Internally the house provides spaces for a family of five, from open-plan, communal living areas to more private areas, such as the master bedroom and terrace. The new two-storey element houses bedrooms and bathrooms, with the master suite at first floor, enjoying views west to an existing creek and dense foliage.
Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass panels can be drawn back fully into the adjacent walls, eliminating the distinction between internal and external space. This ‘blurring’ is further enhanced by a soffit above which mirrors the new ground plane. A series of ceiling joists continues from inside to out, incorporating lighting at night and filtering sunlight during the day.
Architect’s view - Drew Hamilton, Sydney director at pH+
The entire design is context driven. A key aim was to allow the house to fully open up to its exterior, while ensuring sufficient shading was provided. The home now takes full advantage of the bushland setting and temperate climate, embracing the idea of indoor/outdoor living.
Catalina crescent by ph+ architects by douglas frost 15