Anthrosite Architects is a Newcastle based architectural practice directed by Dana Hutchinson and Mark Spence. A strong emphasis with each project is given to a critical design process, in particular the response to ‘people’ and ‘place’. We believe it is a fundamental requirement that each project’s unique circumstances are thoughtfully discussed through research and analysis. In identifying the project constraints, opportunities are established. Key to our process is the engagement of a collaborative design approach. Maintaining a transparent dialogue with our clients, consultants and contractors allows solutions that might not have been envisaged; to be realised.
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Carrington, NSW, 2013
An extension to existing re-conditioned 1930’s single storey weatherboard dwelling. The basic strategy for the project was to minimise demolition of the existing cottage to maximise a new built addition. The design set out to maximise the site’s northern orientation and relationship with an existing landscaped private open space. Both indoor and outdoor living rooms have been designed as double height spaces allowing natural daylight to extent deep into the plan during the winter months. Building setout for the extension was key to integrating old and new as the key constraint on the site is the existing floor level located below the flood level. This constraint provided an opportunity to create a raised living room both as a landing for the bedrooms above and as a platform for overlooking the landscaped garden.