Carthona House turns a modern lens to the extension of a federation home in Mosman, constructing an artisanal and elemental sensibility that speaks to the rituals of Australian living.
Our exploration in the dualities of form inspired a ‘complement by contrast’ approach between old and new. The traditional qualities of Federation-style frontage are boldly counterbalanced by the striking blackened silhouette of the extension.
The new extension is informed by Brazilian modernist architecture with which the client has a deep connection. Conceived as a crafted lantern, the façades open and close as breathable skins. The building materials are subdued and monochromatic; charred spotted gum, bagged bricks and Colourbond roofing form the main architecture material palette.
Internally, the principal living spaces embrace a warm and relaxed tone. Luxe and hand-crafted materials come together with expressed bagged brick walls and charred timber cladding offset by the crisp articulation of a honed marble and matte lacquered cabinetry.