Location: St Kilda
Category: Single Residential
The alteration and addition to a single fronted Victorian weatherboard in St. Kilda nestles behind a heritage facade. The brief was for a home that would evolve with the needs of its young family. Budgetary and spatial constraints were amplified by a south facing back yard.
The new addition replaces a warren of “lean-to” rooms at the rear of the existing house. A simple box structure forms the living hub which is tilted to capture northern light. Old and new are stitched together via a timber-lined tunnel, which also contains a laundry and storage. When transitioning from the original to the new the ceilings soar to provide an open contemporary space which is respectful of the existing dwelling. The glazed doors open onto the backyard merging the living space with the garden. Despite the house’s small footprint the renovation outcome is a generous, spacious and refined home, flooded with natural light.
Photography - Jaime Diaz-Berrio