The brief for Peace Project was centred around the division of space, specifically, how best to allocate space to three boys and two parents. The rear ground area functions as the family zone – the kitchen, dining, living and backyard – while the parents and children are allocated to the front ground area and upper floor, respectively. Traffic between zones was an important consideration, as was the need for both privacy and interaction.
In the art of restoring, Carole Whiting chose an opposite but complementary approach to the home’s existing Edwardian features; keeping the new decisively different from the old while maintaining a distinct language of elegance and simplicity. “The ‘new’ needed to enhance a sense of place and transcend what is currently fashionable,” Carole says. In other words, there needed to be a sense of belonging – not replacing. A streamlined, non-fussy approach – clean lines, simple geometries and minimal materials – helped achieve this.