The Black Rock House is an addition to a dilapidated existing residential dwelling. The clientâ€™s brief was to retain the front part of the house and add a two story extension to the rear.
â€œAs the house was fronted on to a side street and the site ran adjacent to a main road we built hard against the side boundary on the road all the way to the rear of the site. This was to separate the backyard from the unwanted traffic noise and provide better privacy to the rear yard. We exceeded the standard planning setbacks in order to do this and justified this with the creation of a better quality outdoor area. We also used a number of different materials and finishes in different planes on the facade to reduce the perceived visual bulk to the streetâ€� says the architect, Patrick Josy.
Conceptually, the new area of the house is visually connected back to the existing house by folding the old roof up in a â€œreverse pitchâ€� and racking it across to the new flat roof of the addition and folding the fascia down again at the rear.