Architect: Bence Mulcahy

Ryde Street House is a one-storey, single-fronted, conjoined workers cottage. After living in the house for 15 years, with a growing family, the owner’s choice was to adapt or move. The brief called for a larger living area, an additional bedroom and bathroom and connection to the garden. With a desire to minimise bulk, overlooking and overshadowing, the existing is reconfigured within a similar envelope, inventing space. The new reasserts the cottage’s asymmetrical gabled form and materiality. The singular colour palette plays homage to context; red, the dominant colour of Hobart’s inner city suburbs is referenced in degrees. Memories of the existing linger in the exposed internal brick walls. An example of social sustainability, this project allows the family to continue to live and grow in the community they love. It serves as a gentle manifesto of how to densify while insulating neighbourhoods from economic and social trends.

Built: 2019

Virtual Tour Time: 3 pm

Duration: 20 min

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Virtual Tour

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Architectural Period

Contemporary (2001-current)


Architectural Design

Virtual Tour


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