Good Reading : March 2013
Thompson's judgement to cut back the tresses from the courtyard area, but there was some initial trepidation. 'We can see now she was right. Removing the trusses from the courtyard provides greater transparency through the entire space', says Ron, who enjoys seeing the open fire in the living area from the other side of the courtyard, particularly when it rains. As well as 'cutting out' the middle of the warehouse to create a courtyard, the architect created subtle divisions in the space using partition-like steel- clad walls. At the front of the warehouse, for example, is Ron's study, and beyond the courtyard, towards the rear of the warehouse, is Beth's. These areas are casually discovered moving through the space, rather than appearing as fixed, highly defined areas. Likewise, the kitchen, extending the width of the courtyard, doesn't follow the pattern of a traditional kitchen. While there's an island bench with a stainless steel bench top, the majority of preparation is relegated to a galley- style area adjacent to the kitchen. Concealed by a steel-clad wall, this area includes sinks, ovens and generous cupboards for storage. Like the end of the kitchen bench, painted in a deep purple hue, the cupboards in the 'scullery' are finished in a striation of rich hues, from purple to orange and saffron, evocative of the colours of India.