An Architect’s 1958 Midcentury in Tasmania Gets a Graceful Renovation
Designed by architect Edith Emery for her family and built in Sandy Bay in 1958, this midcentury abode receives a deliberate expansion that carries the spirit of the original.
Edith Emery was an Austrian émigré, doctor, and architect whose work was “shunned as a female practitioner during her later life in Tasmania,” write Taylor and Hinds Architects. “We recognized early on that we were operating within the sensibilities of a fine, and seriously underrated, practitioner.”
The homeowners had bought Emery’s house in 2005 and appreciated its spare, midcentury details and “gentle livability.” However, nine years later, they needed a bit more living space and an update for the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry, as well as better connection to the garden. Taylor and Hinds studied Emery’s original drawings and architectural philosophy to inform their approach. “We felt that the new work should read as if it is drawn out of the original fabric,” they say. “As an extension in the truest sense, rather than an addition.”