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Georgie Shepherd from GSiD and Atelier DAU transform a 1920's heritage bungalow and heritage-listed terrace into functional homes which respect their historic roots.

House of Billie, designed by GSiD, is a beautiful, quaint white Bunaglow House set on a spacious block in one of Adelaide’s garden suburbs. The home has undergone a renovation and architectural extension, working within the original footprint of the existing house. For the architects, the primary focus was to design a new addition which was sympathetic to the existing building and its history.

Georgie Shepherd, director of GSiD, has created an internal spatial arrangement that ensured maximum flow between the old and new spaces, having stepped in for the client and their architect (Beach DC) who had reworked the original floor plan.

The new design (featured above and below) features texture, detailing, and clever lighting teamed with simplicity, which meant that a big impact could be created without feeling the home ever feeling crowded. Each little corner of the interior is used to its full advantage, with every possible space utilised to include built-in furniture - the best example of which is a curved, panelled window-seat nestled at the base of an in-set bookshelf.

The design implements a monochromatic soft grey colour palette throughout the interior, blurring the boundaries between spaces, a feature especially evident in the kitchen and living zone where it creates the illusion of more space. The small footprint of the home meant that clever spatial designing was paramount...

“Working within an existing and compact footprint of a home can be a challenge, the design needed to cleverly examine flow and storage to best utilise the spaces available,” says Shepherd..

Armed with a neutral palette, the Chimney House (pictured above), designed by Atelier DAU, is the perfect backdrop to an art-filled home in a Redfern heritage-listed terrace. Like House of Billie, the focus is on design that nurtures the home's heritage beginnings.

The architects used the framework of the existing building to jigsaw the addition within, creating a stacked effect of old and new. This design concept continues inside the polished rooms, as antique furniture sits comfortably next to modern fittings. The sleek Black Pearl timber veneer by New Age Veneers in the kitchen juxtaposes the dining table that appears to have come directly from a historic country house.

Where the front of the home honours its classic façade, the contemporary addition was constructed from aged brass material, perforated to offer privacy yet open to streaming sunshine. A Juliet balcony completes the aesthetic, creating a home that cherishes both art and design.


WORDS | Hande Renshaw

IMAGES | Courtesy of GSiD & Atelier DAU



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