Inside a sensitive renovation of a former Mr Fluffy house in Ainslie

Who: Architects Sans-Arc Studio, with builders MegaFlora Team

What: A new construct on a previous Mr Fluffy block, adhering to strict heritage suggestions

Wherever: Ainslie

 

Making on a Mr Fluffy block normally offers the luxurious of remaining able to get started completely from scratch a blank slate to produce a new chapter in the block’s record. That is, except you come about to invest in a block in a single of Canberra’s strictly controlled heritage precincts. 

When the new homeowners acquired this Mr Fluffy block within Ainslie’s Wakefield Gardens precinct, they weren’t able to allow their imaginations operate wild.

As a substitute, heritage rules stated they were limited to a 127-sq.-metre footprint, precisely the similar as the initial home, and experienced to make the exterior, street-going through facade nearly similar to its predecessor.

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Ainslie Heritage by Sans-Arc Studio with builders MegaFlora Group Image: Anne Stroud

“We had truly optimistic hopes for carrying out a contemporary interpretation,” says Matiya Marovich, director at Sans-Arc Studio who was tasked with the new layout, “but the architectural language had to be just the same”.

The 127-sq.-metre ruling was a huge check with for the home’s 3 bedrooms, two bogs and open up-strategy residing areas. But in a clever shift, the addition of a central, internal courtyard floods the home with light, raises ventilation and will allow additional area.

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Ainslie Heritage by Sans-Arc Studio with builders MegaFlora Team Picture: Anne Stroud

“The precise occupiable inner house had to be 127 square metres, which is extremely little for a modern Australian dwelling,” claims Marovich.

“Being capable to introduce a courtyard intended that [that external space] was not integrated in the determine, so we could creep back the property a little bit.”

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Ainslie Heritage by Sans-Arc Studio with builders MegaFlora Team Photograph: Anne Stroud

When the home’s exterior look experienced to be a great deal the very same as its predecessor – white-painted bricks, terracotta-tiled roof, and an arched entrance – they could exercising full resourceful regulate around the interior.

The scaled-down footprint meant extra concentrate, and spending plan was channelled into the internal inclusions.

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Ainslie Heritage by Sans-Arc Studio with builders MegaFlora Team Photograph: Anne Stroud

“The interior moves are the hero of the create, really, for the reason that the outside’s so strictly managed by heritage. It’s playful and unique but it is not ostentatious and above the prime. It’s still acquired a stage of refinement,” claims Daniel Fitzpatrick, from regional boutique builders MegaFlora Group.

With place at a high quality, tricky perform is demanded by the joinery, this sort of as the substantial Fibonacci kitchen benchtop, which extends into a curved timber dining table.

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Ainslie Heritage by Sans-Arc Studio with builders MegaFlora Group Photograph: Anne Stroud

Out the back again, a Canberra pink-brick plinth doubles as an al fresco seating area, and a step to ground degree. The recycled timber floors and cedar windows tie it all back to the exterior layout. 

Fitzpatrick suggests it’s a great lesson in not making greater for the sake of it, but making smarter and higher excellent in its place.

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Ainslie Heritage by Sans-Arc Studio with builders MegaFlora Team Photograph: Anne Stroud

“I’ve taken purchasers to exhibit them this dwelling, and talk to: do you actually want to create even larger, or do you just want to make nicer?” he says.

“This dwelling performs so well, since it is small, and the dollars has been put in on the detailing and joinery rather than introducing an additional full room.”