We were ecstatic to receive the first place award from Small Project Architecture from the Institute of Architects SA Chapter. This is teh building that won the award.
Old Government House – Coach House by Arcuate Architecture
This project in Belair National Park saw upgrades to the Coach House to provide more flexibility in its use as a Visitor Centre and Museum for the former Governors’ summer residence, Old Government House.
Adaptions extended the kitchen and gallery spaces by two metres into the garden, and provided new external storage along the rear elevation. Repairs included renewal of the galvanized roof and repointing of stonework. Simple contemporary details incorporated within the adaptions to the building’s fabric focused on the relationship with the garden setting, using natural materials and colours.
Due to the very limited budget, Arcuate worked to the philosophy of doing ‘as much as necessary but as little as possible’. Redundant original fabric was recycled, such as the old timber glazed screens that were repaired and re-located to open out along the front elevation, creating a stronger relationship with the garden and with Old Government House beyond.