The design is intrinsically linked back to the history of the area and the house. The Victorian Villa is sympathetically restored including the re-alignment of the existing mis-matched rear elevation. The new extension grows from the notion of the ‘superior suburb’. It is designed to be impressive. The scale is mountainous, the walls are thick, the floor-ceiling heights tall, the door spans wide, the floor plan large. Everything is grand and over indulgent with the intention to impress. The journey through the building from the Victorian compartmentalised darker space to the extension is compressed through a new doorway to allow for a striking revelation of new large and open space.