The entry is critical in creating a strong first impression, whether that first impression is of grandiose luxury or discreet elegance, the entry will set the tone for experiencing a house.
From the street, the entry must first be defined. It may be proud, recessive, inviting or ominous, but most importantly it must be identifiable. If the entry to a house is ambiguous, we haven’t done our job! This can be done in any number of ways with built-form or landscaping, but it is important to consider what you are trying to achieve. To create an inviting entrance, extend a pathway, roof or wall towards the street, leading a person into the house.
Arriving in to the entrance we create a sense of arrival, such as the entrance hallway at our Goldsmith house which features a double height void and full-width skylight. Often in our work with heritage buildings the entrance is retained, featuring period details such as ornate archways and intricate plaster mouldings. In this scenario we often integrate a threshold between new and old, almost acting as a second entrance – such as the contemporary curved door in our Chisel House project, creating a sense of arrival in to the contemporary space beyond.