This is a project for a young family of four. At its core, it explores two themes – “identity” and “what is enough?”. As recent immigrants, this project is strongly shaped by our client’s cultural background. Growing up they were surrounded by brick architecture, which has an extensive history in South Asia. It’s chameleon-like ability to be skin, brise-soleil, thermal mass, ornament and monumental – are the reasons it almost entirely covers the new addition. The project allowed us to explore a bigger conversation – how to change the typical suburban approach to a brief. With Australian homes being the second-biggest in the world, it’s time to re-think our approach to suburban homes. Too often we are asked “How much space can we get?”. We wanted to flip that on its head with “How much space do we really need But changing the question, we ended up with a built volume nearly 70% smaller than what local regulations would have allowed! This “think small” approach was one that was informed by the original home and driven by the clients.