Carlton, Melbourne Australia
A renovation of a narrow cottage in inner-city Melbourne that respects the history of the existing house while providing an adaptable, contemporary new addition.
The brief called for a new kitchen, bathroom, study and living area. An abundance of light marks the extension from the old, dark house; the interior is opened to the external decking via large bi-fold doors, detailed with coloured panels of glass. This patterning is referenced again in the bathroom tiling.
The memory of the original building is referenced in subtle ways through the extension. Black form ply reveals indicate where walls once stood, and the flooring direction changes to mark the removed back wall. The patterning in the plywood ceiling is generated from the lines of elements in the original building, cut from site offcuts.