A Rich Interweaving – Hawthorn Gable House by Splinter Society
Hawthorn Gable House has been integrated with key gestures such as light and openness to create a poetic interpretation of heritage and contemporary innovation. Splinter Society carefully weaves the past and present, borrowing original materials, textures and finishes and adapting them to complement the more restrained elements that have been introduced.
Bridging traditional and contemporary styles, the dwelling is imbued with rich expression. Briefed to create an elegant residence that fused existing elements with modern openness, the architect took inspiration from the silhouette of the gabled form to define a bespoke experience and generosity from within. With a focus on embracing the home’s historic charm, as well as retaining the original brickwork and floor plan, Splinter Society integrates an elegant, double-height foyer at the building’s heart, contributing to its luminosity and internal warmth – a sentiment that is felt throughout the rest of the abode.
The combination of raked plaster and timber screens creates a sense of balance and control over natural light and shadow, which animates the home from within. Meticulously preserving the original floor plan, roof tiles, gable configurations, a quaint brick garage and intricate timberwork, the architect retains and celebrates the past. This layered narrative enhances the relevancy of the residence as it is brought into a contemporary context. Through subtle vertical and horizontal connections, the outer edifice and natural surrounds seamlessly weave together to ground the dwelling in place.
An element of flexibility allows the home to be easily adapted in the future and cater to the changing needs of the occupants as they grow. The newly curated landscape also ensures the site is fully optimised and encourages traditional thresholds between inside and out to dissolve. Whilst the exterior façade unveils two narratives – traditional at the front, contemporary at the rear – the interior reveals a more intricate layering of finishes. The blend of old and new ensures both periods remain present, each balancing the other.