Fitzroy North Terrace | Clare Cousins Architects

Fitzroy North Terrace | Clare Cousins Architects | Photographer: Tess Kelly

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Fitzroy North Terrace | Clare Cousins Architects

Traditional Land Owners


Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Frank (Victoria) Pty Ltd
Tess Kelly
Project summary

In our Fitzroy North Terrace, we sought to investigate design solutions that preserved and celebrated the building’s history, whilst respectfully reorganising its spaces to accommodate contemporary family life.

Intent on retaining as much existing fabric as possible, the alteration inscribes a new building envelope behind the heritage street façade. In doing so, the interface between garden, street, and private realm is redefined. By pulling the new fabric away from the existing, a productive dialogue is created. The heritage façade begins to perform a new role as a filter between the street and interior. The resulting liminal space is given over to a micro-garden. Large apertures in the new building envelope enable dual aspect openings, delivering light and ventilation deep into the heritage plan without compromising on privacy.

Further defining the exterior spaces, the site is book-ended by a small, yet hard-working utility area and productive roof-top garden.

Victorian Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Victorian Jury Presentation

This old house was full of character, however from a different era. Built before modern services, rooms were disconnected and the garden was a service yard. It’s has seen a lot of love over 124 years with many owners recreating this building as their own.

The altered building accommodates a modern lifestyle whilst preserving the original beauty. Redundant spaces have been remade efficiently in to a well-functioning design.

We love the shed. It’s full of bikes, I make beer there and it doubles as a popup art space. We grow vegies on the roof and use it as a retreat.

Project Practice Team

Brett Wittingslow, Project Architect
Clare Cousins, Design Architect
Elliot Lind, Project Architect
Jessica Wood, Project Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Co-Struct, Structural Engineer
Eckersley Garden Architecture, Landscape Consultant

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Fitzroy North Terrace | Clare Cousins Architects | Photographer: Tess Kelly

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