Renovation of a nineteenth century Italianate Victorian masonry with a elegant and restrained timber addition to accommodate a young family

Architects: Ola Studio
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Year: 2015
Area: 1.938 ft²/ 180 m²
Photo courtesy: Derek Swalwell
Description:

“Located in Northcote, Garth was once a dilapidated nineteenth century Italianate Victorian masonry dwelling who has since been restored and added to with an elegant and restrained timber addition to accommodate a young family of five and two energetic dogs.

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The original house is one solid form with all rooms contained within a single volume, and on a high level when considering how to add to what was already there, a conscious decision was made to approach the design with architectural contrasts and similarities.

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The new build adopts the rectilinear forms of the old, but varies their sequence and size to create a series of intimate internal and external spaces. Externally the new addition reads as a reserved collection of rigid forms stacked on top of, or next to one another, while the internal circulation functions as a seamless transition from one defined space to the next.

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Similar in scale of footprint and mass, and both reserved and devoid of unnecessary detail, the two buildings sit side by side with a calm air of confidence and presence within their landscape.”

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