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Monolith House / Rara Architecture

From the architect. Our mission was to reinstate the old home's glory through highlighting it's simplistic characteristics and its overall form. We stripped it right back to a neutral state. The height of the rear addition had the potential to dwarf the original heritage home, so, sympathetically, we mimicked the roof angle, but didn't hide it. Nothing about the addition is 'trying to hide' anything. The old building transitions smoothly to the new, visually and emotionally, both internally and externally - the old floorboards transition to a new polished concrete slab, the old weatherboards transition to a perforated brick wall (outlining the central Zen garden) and then again to a solid brick wall. The addition, which can

be enjoyed from the rear lanes and from within the property stands proud, like the existing Edwardian; it stands high, and strong without any exaggeration or excess, it is brutal, minimal and statuesque: a monolith.

Our client hired us knowing the value an architect can add to the quality of their space. Bianca pushed us really hard to getting an exceptional work of architecture and not something easy they could 'pull off' as owner builders. This licensed us to explore some challenging design ideas that were pushed around in council for a while and was quite challenging structurally.

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