Auburn Road House by Solomon Troup Architects

Auburn Road House is a modest, thoughtful intervention to an existing grand Edwardian home in Hawthorn, Australia.

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Description

The existing dwelling was insular, disconnected and failed to respond to the surrounding views and established landscaping on the site. The response was a series of small interventions to improve the livability and functionality of the home whilst retaining the existing classic Edwardian detailing of the house.

A large west facing window provides views from the lounge, dining and kitchen spaces to the pool and surrounding landscaping. A daybed against the window creates a cosy nook to enjoy the afternoon sun and has incidentally become the primary sitting area when entertaining guests.

Large sliding doors to the east create a seamless transition between the main living spaces and the primary outdoor entertaining area of the home.

A second west facing window from the living space frames an existing, well established crepe myrtle tree which flowers in the spring. The tree also acts a passive shading device for the window from the hot west sun.

The master bedroom suite was reconfigured to provide a more functional space the accommodated a generous walk in robe, make up station and ensuite bathroom. Natural stone and walnut timber veneer combine to provide a timeless palette that is both warm and sophisticated.

Although small in scope, the interventions made at Auburn Road House have transformed the existing dwelling into a functional and elegant family home.

Photography courtesy of Solomon Troup Architects

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- by Matt Watts

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