The Queenscliff House sits on the edge of Swan Bay, looking over the wetlands and out to Port Phillip Bay. The section is inverted; the living and master bedroom level sitting over the guest bedroom level with 5m cantilevers to each end providing shelter from the weather for people and boats.
The plan and form are simple; the external material monolithic and robust with cypress pine cladding that will grey with time. Highlights of colour reference the local flora and fauna. The simple brief from the client was to create a sanctuary away from busy workaday life.
North Fitzroy House
This project is for a growing family in North Fitzroy. With a tight budget our brief was to add a bedroom for guests and a second living space. The clients wanted a family-friendly connection between the inside and the rear garden. A carport has been replaced with a deck so that the downstairs living space will flow seamlessly into the outdoor spaces.
A new living space with kitchenette is inserted under the terrace, while external stairs wrap around to create a link between the upstairs living space and the garden. At the end of the garden a new garage provides off-street parking, with a guest suite above. Through these gestures, the project makes economic use of the existing fabric, readapting it for a contemporary lifestyle.
Photographs by Michael Kai
This project comprises a significant extension and first floor addition to an existing house in North Melbourne. Due to the high heritage grade on the streetscape, the extension was required to be largely obscured from Errol St. Additionally, as the neighbourhood is made up of very narrow parcels of land, overshadowing is a key consideration.
The steeply pitched roof form, containing the first floor Master suite, responds to both these constraints, while creating both intimate zones and generous height. The section is further developed with voids and skylights, to allow excellent solar penetration; a challenge typical of working with the inner city terrace.
The original 19th century house has been substantially altered to create a series of elegant living spaces. 20th century additions have been removed to make way for a new pavillion. A key feature of this is a water-jet cut perforated bluestone screen that creates beautiful patterns of light and shade within the house.
Photography credit: Dianna Snape Photography
North Melbourne House 1
The Peel street house is an extension to a narrow, single fronted Victorian dwelling. The front two rooms have been retained and the rear of the house opened up to a light-filled three level extension.
Creating a contemporary family home from this small site, whilst retaining the front part of the existing heritage house was our challenge. KLE Construction were outstanding in their attention to detail.
Photography credit: Jack Lovell Photography
Port Melbourne House
This house involved significant alterations to an existing terrace house in Port Melbourne. Careful planning and negotiation with council has allowed us to create a functional four bedroom family home on the tight site; including large rooftop entertaining space and car stacker for two off-street spaces.
The northern façade is expressive of the internal program, with various elements used to break up the long and otherwise flat form. The third-storey perched on top adopts the language and materiality of roofs in the area; in response to planning considerations and neighbourhood character.
Middle Park House
A major extension and significant alterations were made to this bayside property in Middle Park. The original house has been divided into small apartments; we opened the interior to create a spacious light-filled home while maintaining the heritage facade. We used sharp lines to define spaces while celebrating open plan living.
Photography credit: Dianna Snape Photography
This project is a substantial refurbishment of a 19th century terrace house in North Melbourne. The spaces will be re-oriented to better serve the needs of a growing family; providing greater access to natural light and connecting to outdoor space.
BURO Architecture + Interiors in collaboration with Hecker Phelan and Guthrie Interiors undertook a major upgrade of a significant Victorian home in St Kilda.
The existing dwelling was a collection of large but disjointed spaces within a rambling Victorian structure. The house had been seriously compromised by a 1960s conversion into a series of flats. The internal works were demolished to reveal the original principal rooms. Living zones were rationalized within the existing home to create more light and flowing spaces. Detailing within the older structure is intricate, while the new structure is unashamedly modern.
The result is a beautiful and liveable family home.
Red Hill House
The house sits low into the hillside and hugs the slope. Internal spaces are divided by changes in levels rather than solid walls, so that the building does not impose on the beautiful landscape but makes the most of the extraordinary views of the bay.
This was a careful composition of two materials: timber, the colour of the surrounding trees and stone sourced from a local quarry. It is also a combination of two very crafted types of construction: carefully laid stone and "folded" timber carpentry, where cladding turns into deep window frames.
Kew House 1
Büro in association with Hecker Phelan and Guthrie were commissioned for a major upgrade of a significant Victorian home in Kew.
The house had been divided into a series of small rooms and extended poorly in the 1980s. A rationalisation of the spaces opened up the interior to allow for greater natural light penetration. A modern structure was created at the rear to complete this now beautiful and liveable family home. A guest house, sauna and wine store were added above the garage.
North Melbourne House 2
A small worker’s cottage from the 1880s was renovated and extended to become a compact and flexible family home. The site is 6.5m x 18m long on one of North Melbourne’s narrow streets. The brief was to create a light filled home with a sense of generosity of space despite the challenge of the small lot size.