I have always valued when the spectacular enables the everyday.

This design for a rammed earth extension to a Californian Bungalow draws on personal memories of places. However, I was less interested in the building and design look alone, and instead drew on my personal experience to asked ‘why?’. Why we all had these experiences in our lives: we walk into a place, we feel comfortable, and we have a good time. Read more

That was our starting point. For this project we wanted the design to take the back seat and stay unnoticed.

Paradoxically, this is what makes the building attractive: spaces are connected to allow supervision and stimulate conversation, bathrooms become social, pockets are inserted to accommodate for and make daily activities enjoyable.

The materials and details of this rammed earth extension are chosen and developed for what they can offer: solar heat radiating from walls, natural ventilation to feel the breeze, timber posts you can lean on, and benches you can jump on.

And hopefully unnoticed.