This project represents a contemporary, design-based solution to sustainable architecture by Zen Architects. Located in Fitzroy North, Light Saw House is built upon an existing double fronted Edwardian weatherboard. The original house is retained in this project, designed with a compact floor plan and recyclable materials.
The clients try to find a local architectural response to a property that they have owned for some time but they do not live in for 15 years whilst overseas. In order to complete the requirements of the project, the original house in this project is retained but it is also retro-fit in to exceed the building’s current standards. The need to bring light and warmth on the top of the existing house can be realized by a compact extension to the rear.
The house volumes allow the compact floor plan to feel generous and also in proportion to the house without overshadowing the south-facing backyard. The house also has new rooms that connected to the environment through stunning views of adjacent landscaped gardens and the sky.
The recyclable materials are used for the entire house. The garden beds, path, and external brick paving are salvaged and re-imagined to connect the garden to the west areas of the house. The key trees are protected and retained during the project construction and now grow well within a beautiful newly landscaped environment.
Light Saw House, Fitzroy North Gallery
Photographer: Derek Swalwell