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Robert Andary Architecture
Robert Andary fused this turn-of-the-century cottage with a modern contemporary
extension, adding edge and a distinct identity to a modern family home
e-use, retain, restore and recycle were the
mantras dictating architect Robert Andary’s
transformation of this Subiaco cottage.
The 405sqm block was part of a narrow leafy
side street, a streetscape of small cottages ranging
from those built at the turn of the 20th century to
homes from the 1940s and 50s.
With frontage 10m wide and rear laneway
access, the existing four-room cottage with a
sleep-out to the rear was altered to accommodate
three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Constructed
by NuSpace Developments, the existing timber-
clad and metal roof facade has been updated with
a bright white statement, complemented by gun-
metal grey trims and a timber picket fence. The
idea was to maintain the symmetry and the classic
centre corridor of homes of this era.
On entry, your eye is drawn through the space
to the outdoors where a simple pavilion and a
timber screen, juxtaposed against the white
interior, establish the context of the entire site.
The transparency and lightness of the living
space is accentuated by the high-level north-
facing operable awning windows, which provide
light to the entry corridor and cross ventilation.
A courtyard, paved in Urbanstone’s ‘Bush
Hammered Saltbush’, highlights the break
between the new and old elements and draws in
softer timber and landscape elements.
The seamless flow of the open-plan living
continues to the outdoor living area via the large
double-stacker charcoal-glass sliding doors from
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