Description from Sharif Abraham Architects:
Located on a site with two street frontages, the house is part original and part addition- linked by a corridor and separted by a courtyard. The original is rebuilt in accordance with local regulations. The new work, containing the living spaces, is designed to operate as facade to the rear street and as “sculptural form” to a future garden. Its form is a collection of dynamic volumes that respond to the setback requirements whilst capturing direct sunlight to the interior.
Conceptually, the interior is an abstraction in black and white- curved black veneer punctuates the space vertically and white walls modulate the space horizontally. The veneer is sourced from the trunk of a single tree- allowing the entire variation of natural grain to be represented. The outside of the trunk, where the grain is younger, is located high in the space and it progressively descends to the joinery and intimate spaces where the core is dense and dark.
The exterior is detailed to reflect the finesse of a line drawing. Edges are defined by aluminium sections giving the mass a lightness of techtonic representation. Steel windows are positioned to sit in line with the façade so as to appear drawn on the wall rather than penetrating the wall.
Two new bathrooms intervene the older part of the house. The corridor which connects them is exaggerated and illuminated by a continuous lightsource. Its fluorescent beam an extension of the living spaces. The first bathroom is clad in black tiles. The consistency in the application of its material, which includes the ceiling, alluding to an idea of cave, whilst It’s blackness visually magnifies and exaggerates the occupants naked flesh. The other bathroom, finished in silver tiles, is open to the courtyard. The silver was chosen due to its sensitivity to changes in natural light, reflecting the mood of the exterior throughout the day.