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Windsor Castle, Seddon, Australia by Antarctica Architects

Project name:
Windsor Castle
Architecture firm:
Antarctica Architects
Seddon, Victoria, Australia
Field Carr
Principal architect:
Nicola Garrod
Design team:
Nicola Garrod, Graham Crist, Jean-Marie Spencer
Interior design:
Antarctica Architects
Built area:
150 m²
Site area:
185 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Environmental & MEP:
Antarctica Architects
Antarctica Architects
Nicola Garrod
Antarctica Architects
Tools used:
AutoCAD, Revit
Nicola Garrod
Steel, Concrete, Glass, Glazing & Polycarbonate
Field Carr and Nicola Garrod (our own house)
Residential › House

Antarctica Architects: The existing single fronted weatherboard cottage on the 'Windsor Castle' site had undergone multiple alterations over the last 10 years and was stretched beyond its limits for the growing family of 5. Located in the middle of the site with poor orientation and 4 neighbours, the existing building offered little opportunity to expand.

This project was about creating volume, both inside and outside. A big space with a big garden on a small site. It was about creating a lot with a little.

Designed as steel portal frame pressed up against the planning envelope, the simple steel structure with exposed concrete slab is infilled with glazing and polycarbonate at the ground level. Here the living space is conceived as an extension of the garden. A large greenhouse filled with plants and loose furniture, this narrow space is enlarged by the expansive sky and tree canopy views along the north and west facades as well as the presence of a large double height void space in the centre.

Two masonry blocks at ground level push out to the south and east boundary forming the kitchen, laundry and a study. A metal shed floats above the main space, housing the family bedrooms and bathroom. The upper storey sitting within the stretched roof space is punctuated with dormer extrusions for the glazing and the staircase. A large circular window fills the front facade capturing the street views like a giant eyeball or the lens of a large camera.

Set deep back from the street in a dense canopy of existing foliage this house has opened up the streetscape and allows the occupants to form a stronger connection with the community and neighbourhood that were so important to them.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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