The project is a highly detailed and resolved alteration and addition to a previously run-down Victorian terrace in Fitzroy, and is in every way a true reflection of our design- conscious clients.
As is the challenge for most terrace projects – the task of tackling a deep, narrow site, locked on both sides by double-height party walls, and with poor visible and physical access to external spaces – our approach quickly focussed on injecting light deep into the footprint of the home through a series of light-catching volumes and openings. In addition to this, the interior spaces have been reconsidered, flipping the original arrangement by lifting the living spaces onto the first floor to make best use of the improved light access and aspect.
The use of concrete in the project was arrived at quite organically as a material that could be easily formed and moulded to create an undulating textured ceiling that captured the northern and southern light. It was also an appealing outcome for our clients, who were keen to explore a markedly different approach to complement the original heritage bones of the house.
With increased appreciation for urban greenery (especially in densifying areas), outdoor spaces are introduced across each level of the project. The addition gently tapers away to the south, respecting the amenity of the neighbours and forming a soft garden wedge at ground. The first-floor terrace offers a lush and sheltered backdrop to the internal living spaces, and a new roof deck provides city views to the south.