From the first site visit, it is evident to anyone with an appreciation of Canberra’s architecture that this heritage property portrays superb quality in both its architecture and heritage streetscape.
The heritage listed building has been a triple occupancy government residence for over 50 years, though over the years many of the residences on the street have been converted to commercial spaces. The converted commercial buildings on both Bougainville and Furneaux streets all resemble the original residence’s 1950’s architecture.
The brief, also held with Reveal ID Interiors, was to design a new space in which Manuka Smiles could operate a modern dentistry in a heritage building. The existing building was a residence with small enclosed spaces before the extension restoration, thus careful consideration was taken when removing hazardous materials and load bearing elements. The aim was to redesign the old residences exterior with a sense of the original 1950’s streetscape, in keeping with the integrity of the exiting house.
The owner was also determined to create an eco-friendly building by replacing hazardous exterior materials and insuring an ecofriendly interior fit out, additional environmental products have been installed to further the environmental brief such as a solar 4KW Grid connect system, a 22,000 litre underground water tank, providing water to toilet cisterns, gardens and the in slab hydronic heating system. All existing roof tiles were removed and then thermosheild installed to further installation properties. All removal of materials were carefully disposed of in appropriate recycling centres and all hard wood beams were kept and re-milled for use in the new timber staircase and bin enclosure.
Due to the age of the building careful consideration was taken when considering different construction methods and techniques. Underpinning the entire building was the main method used to stabilize the building and prevent deterioration whist the extensions were undertaken. New construction techniques were then used to prevent further cracking and stabilize the existing wall structures.
Architects Ring & Associates believes this restoration created a sympathetic and modest design that will give life to the property for many years to come.