The project involved alterations + additions to a derelict semi attached double storey Victorian terrace in Fitzroy. The finished residence accommodates a family of two adults and a teenager who value their privacy, and it provides for a number of future living and/or working scenarios for the family.
This early inner Melbourne suburb has a myriad of privately created ad-hoc laneways which are remnants from its formative years. One of these, along the entire length of the property’s southern boundary, is used as a design driver to organise and characterise the home’s spaces and heighten a warm, relaxing and playful experience within and around the remaining portion of the original mid-late 19th century house.
The added benefit of dual street frontages provided opportunity for two separate and related buildings which contribute to the evolving character of the suburb and provide living and working flexibility for the family.
The chance for an architect to design their own home is one which offers a unique opportunity to test ideas and hone their craft, and this project provides a robust, subtle, and clever outcome. Every element has been carefully considered, from the appreciation of the local grain and character of Fitzroy to embracing and working with the existing features and quirks of the house.
The design will be able to change and respond to the occupants needs over time. Rooms and uses are adaptable. Joinery elements and storage are carefully planned. Everything has a place, but can shift, subject to the mode of living required. The final outcome makes a highly considered contribution to the neighbourhood at a micro-scale.
Michael Taylor, Heritage Consultant
Mud Office, Landscape Consultant
Perret Simpson, Structural Engineer
Peter Brown Architects, Acoustic Consultant
Steve Watson & Partners, Building Surveyor