A Sydney-based architectural practice MPR Design Group Pty Ltd has realised this single-family apartment located within the historical part of the city. Completed in 2010, the project stemmed from an idea of adding a structure to ‘an existing environment to which it contributes to form a place in one of Sydney’s iconic beaches.’
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‘This approach has also provided a public and cultural benefit that gives a lightness and sculptural interest which enriches the streetscape and surrounds. The addition is well setback from the front and therefore not dominating the existing building which is a contributory item and has some heritage significance. Nor does it mimic or replicate the existing which many additions have tried to emulate, this is a stand alone element in it’s own right.
‘From the outset, the new addition was to be a clear distinction between ‘new’ and ‘old’. The addition characterized by it’s white metallic cladding has a lightweight appearance recessive yet prominent gives a soft contrast to the pastel blue of the existing building. The whiteness of the new addition is also a response to Council’s suggestion at a pre DA meeting that they wanted the development not to be ‘seen’ from the street – invisible one may say. ‘