Hover House

This remarkably well preserved townhouse became the base for a young family home. The original traditional stone façade, the internal stone staircase, as well as traditional patterned tiles were the main architectural elements we acknowledged and complemented in our intervention. The extension hovers above the main living space as a result of a double height volume separating the old part from the new. This “break” in space floods the residence with natural light and is further accentuated by a fireplace whose flue shoots up to the skies. The new volume became the backdrop to the garden and pool area – this seemingly “simple” back facade was detailed to achieve crisp lines using steel channels partially embedded into insulation boards, creating a clean aesthetic whilst improving thermal performance without breaking the bank.

The material palette remained consistent throughout the space: neutrals, greys, black accents and pops of colour, whilst all throughout maintaining a minimal feel with subtle art deco references for a timeless design. When our client layered his extensive art collection into the space, it all came together flawlessly. Collaboration and dialogue with our clients are both key aspects of creating dream homes. The best part of the job is when our clients subscribe fully to the design and together, we battle out all the hurdles to execute an intensely considered vision.


Alex Attard