The impetus behind the extension was to create a contradiction to the existing townhouse without disrupting spatial hierarchy and flow. Being a heritage-listed site, McLaren Excell had to overcome several structural constraints, the outcome of which was implementing a split-level layout with an upper dining area and a lower kitchen area.
The concrete framing is not only a practical intervention but a means of connecting both levels visually. Custom timber-framed doors and exposed timber joists offset the harshness of the concrete, forging a material match that feels mutual and implicit. Moving further into the extension, this timber is realised in the dining table and kitchen cabinetry – adhering to the cohesive, easy-to-digest design language.