Adaptive reuse does much more than just save historic buildings and cut back on construction costs and wastage of resources. It is undoubtedly the biggest reason for the newfound love of all things ‘modern industrial’. It is old factories warehouses and abandoned industrial buildings being turned into gorgeous apartments and homes that has seen a revival of a style forgotten by the 90’s nestled in a beautiful suburb of Sydney this bright and ingenious home was once a forgotten garage that is blessed with a heritage street façade and ample space on the inside.
Offering a window into the New Forest National Park and surrounded by lush green vegetation and beautiful fruit trees the is a holiday home that well and truly takes you into the lap of nature at its unadulterated best.
At this point the roof seems even more captivating as the olive groves and giant gum trees outside fill the backdrop with constantly changing sights and sounds. The living area and the open deck are gently cantilevered above the landscape with the bedrooms connected directly with the central courtyard.
The family wing of Watermill House now floats above ground and its dramatic cantilevered form gives this family residence a distinct identity. Apart from this striking structure there are two other wings that make up the public spaces and the guest zones.
The main volume of the house in concrete and standing on steel columns contains two different levels and house the living area along with the main bedrooms. An entirely different volume contains the guest bedrooms along with the fabulous sauna and home spa.
Despite being constrained by the narrowness of the lot Sam Crawford Architects managed to etch out a cheerful and seemingly spacious modern home by tapping into the vertical room on offer. Original industrial elements of the home were kept intact and enhance while the street façade was left untouched because of the heritage rules. Exposed brick walls define the living area even as dark steel elements industrial-style windows and wooden ceiling beams are intertwined with comfortable modern décor and polished finishes.
It is the top level that houses the large living area which flows into the solarium and the pool deck outside. The arrangement of spaces is truly unique with emphasis being placed on a smart indoor-outdoor interplay where one complements the other. But the balance of elements does not end there with the solid concrete walls and flooring of the upper levels standing contrast to the seemingly weightless glazed ground level!