Textural Subtleties – Heathpool Residence by Proske Architects and Georgie Shepherd Interior Design
Complementing the original heritage home, Heathpool Residence integrates contemporary touches into the new pavilion spaces. Proske Architects and Georgie Shepherd Interior Design combine to weave the new forms among the existing form and new landscaping to the rear of the site.
Drawing from the formality of the original home, the new volume sits independently to the existing residence. Cohesive through similar approaches to tonality and form, the new addition is an evolved interpretation of the preceding home ¬and applies a textured and nature-focused approach. The creation of the new detached extension echoes the sense of separation that defines the original home. However, instead of following the traditional closed plan, Proske Architects designs the form to embrace the new landscape and encourage a more openly engaged approach.
Heathpool Residence is inserted as a counterbalance to the existing structure. Less ornate but more linear and refined in architectural form, the addition uses rammed earth as the main anchoring structural element. The first stage of the addition saw the pool pavilion with bathroom and kitchen emerge through a collaboration with Georgie Shepherd Interior Design. The second stage then completed the building with the addition of a dedicated entrance, study, garage and music recording studio.
With an integrated connection to nature and a focus on privacy, darkened aluminium screening facilitates the control of light and solar gain and allows sunlight to animate interior spaces. Emphasising a textural and natural focus, timber is used under the expressed eaves that surround the pavilion, highlighted against shadow detailing. Together with the sand-coloured rammed earth and light tiles throughout, the palette is muted and calming, intentionally setting the tone of the spaces as a supportive structure to the main home. Continuing a similar formality into the garden enables a cohesive relationship between the old and new built forms and reinforces the focus on creating a nature-focused connection.