is quite a few years since Freda completed this glassy extension to a
brick Victorian house for a family in Kew near Melbourne, but the quality
of the design does not diminish with age. The courtyard garden has matured,
the large tree which you can see reflected in the glass shades the extension
on summer afternoons, and the deciduous vine which is supported on a steel
frame above the north deck is now even shadier. Taking this kind of care
means that it is possible to surround the Kitchen and Family space with
space, light and views.
improvement to the old house was the addition of a glass-roofed enclosed
verandah on the south. Importantly, excess heat can be let out in summer
through glass louvre windows, ensuring that this is a comfortable and
useful transitional space while still allowing a full measure of light
to enter the original side rooms of the house.
concern with light and comfort have ensured that the extensions are
a complement to the enclosed rooms of the original house.