From the architect: Whilst the site is advantaged by its’ river edge location, it is disadvantaged by a western aspect which suffers extreme exposure to the western sun in summer including reflected glare from the river. The project for the original client emerged from their maturing lifestyle and a desire to enjoy closer proximity to the water and the more expansive views afforded.
The new pavilion, primarily used for quieter sitting, informal entertaining and occasional work is accessed from the existing family room, down 3 steps, past a lush sub-tropical courtyard and a small study area. This link is slightly angled to expand the view on approach, to the full width of riverfront glazed wall.
The new pavilion is an extension along the southern edge of the site, which also allows a view onto a generous northern garden. A constrained budget and deference to the main house influenced the siting and low profile, minimising the presence in the garden and allowing retention of the views from the upper levels of the house.
The material palette continues that of the original house using painted fibre cement sheeting and black aluminium framed glazing. A new fireplace enhances the experience during the cooler winter months. Sun shading is provided by a combination of a deep roof overhang and taking advantage of the shade from the large trees of a maturing garden.