ST KILDA EAST HOUSE
CATEGORY: RESIDENTIAL – ALTERATION AND ADDITION
LOCATION – ST KILDA EAST – MELBOURNE
STATUS – COMPLETE
YEAR – 2015
PHOTOGRAPHY – FRASER MARSDEN
HOUSES MAGAZINE ISSUE 108
THE AGE, DOMAIN
St Kilda East house is an alteration and addition to a semi-detached dwelling. The existing dwelling is a red clinker, double brick structure built in the early 20’s. Built as a duplex construction on a relatively small block the house has little windows to the north, blocking out a lot of natural light, while low ceilings and small rooms restrict the flow and quality of air throughout the home.
The design objective was to keep the existing bones at the front part of the house, rework the internal fabric and demolish the back half of the dwelling to make way for a new open plan double storey addition at the rear.
With a north facing back yard and rear street access, the house has been designed with individual zones that allow two generations to live together, permitting independence while still allowing interaction under the one roof.
The union of these two different zones has been expressed through opposing elements of solidity and lightness, void and form, elevation and poise, black and white, giving the scheme a contrasting yet cohesive expression of its owners and how they’ll occupy the home.