Residential Architecture – Alterations and Additions – Browne Street – Preston Lane Architects

Browne Street – Preston Lane Architects

Project summary

The project was an exercise in maximising the potential of the rear of a 1920s home. A new addition on a podium provides greater solar gain, connections to the garden and commands the previously underutilised views of the city and beyond. The project is defined by three key design gestures: the establishment of a new podium to the rear, the crafting of a new ‘floating’ roof and the sleeving of the new into the old through the relocation of the heart of the home to the rear of the property. The podium provides a new datum for the rear of the site, grounding the extension and elevating the previously steep backyard to the level of the addition. Workshop space is located within the subterranean area, its structural concrete cell providing a cost-effective retaining solution. The result is a usable viewing platform to the panoramic views across Hobart.


Cordwell Lane Building  – builder


Gandy and Roberts  – structural consultant
Jonathan Wherrett  – photographer
Holdfast Consulting  – building surveyor