The conflicting requirements of heritage controls and the client’s desire for a significant increase in floor area was a challenge which influenced the design from the outset. This tension drove the team to seek a solution which integrated an expansive modern addition with the existing building in a mutually beneficial manner.
A decorative cladding was chosen to compliment yet clearly differentiate the new structure from the existing building, with the pattern referencing the same hand crafted design ideals of the heritage shop. This romantic play on architecture was a key driver of the final design resolution and the primary impetus for the facade.
The facade was created using an articulated corten steel cladding system that was lazer cut with a leaf motif to soften the impact of the building. Artist Mark Douglass assisted with the fabrication of the sheet metal and Meme Design assisted with the interiors.