The By The Wanting Glass residence. Image: John Adam Architect

WHEN Zoe Reid commiss­ioned architect John Adam to replace her colonial purple brick residence with the temporary to open the home as much as the outside, it was becoming that he known as the venture By the Wanting Glass.

The extension – which options partitions of glass, quirky angles and an exterior reflective ceiling to seize the native backyard views – was constructed for Ms Reid and daughter Alice.

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House owner Zoe Reid at her residence, which has been known as ‘By the Wanting Glass’ by architect John Adam. Image Dean Martin

Just like the fantastical youngsters’s e-book of the identical identify, the addition is an exploration of angles, reflections and pod-like areas that look out to a pond, creek and native backyard.

The venture gained John Adam Architects an award for Residential Structure – Homes (Alterations and Additions) on the 2020 South Australian Architecture Awards.

The By The Wanting Glass residence. Image: John Adam Architect

It’s additionally why the home’s intelligent design made South Australia’s Top 50 Homes.

With heritage-listed river purple gums and First Creek working by the property, Ms Reid, who lived within the residence as a toddler along with her mother and father, mentioned the unique Nineteen Fifties home was very inward wanting.


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“It was my outdated household residence, inbuilt 1955, and my mum and pop purchased it in 1967,’’ she mentioned.

“Whenever you see the backyard it wanted to be an exterior wanting home as there are 10 river purple gums with Kaurna carvings.

By The Wanting Glass, Hazelwood Park. Pic: John Adam Architect

“The temporary was to open up the home and make the backyard extra accessible, one thing which you can truly see and be concerned with.”

The extension wraps round mature bushes and follows the creek mattress with a two-storey-high space for Alice and a cantilevered retreat room that appears over the creek.

“Alice’s space is sort of a shed, a giant cubby,” she mentioned.

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“The creek room appears to be like a bit like a falling waterfall when it rains, because it flows down into the creek.”

The By The Wanting Glass residence. Image: John Adam Architect

The By The Wanting Glass residence. Image: John Adam Architect

Ms Reid mentioned the house’s authentic format was gutted and sustainable design ideas had been carried out to manage the house’s temperature and join with the setting.

At present’s instalment of the Prime 50 Houses counts down from 25 to 1. The houses positioned 50 to 26 appeared in yesterday’s Advertiser. Vote now in your favorite.


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