Northside House | Wellard Architects

Northside House | Wellard Architects | Photographer: Derek Swalwell

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Northside House | Wellard Architects

Traditional Land Owners


Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Prolifica Building Co
Derek Swalwell
Project summary

Occupying a corner site in the inner-city Melbourne suburb of Clifton Hill, Northside house provided an opportunity to explore sensitive alterations and additions to an intact Federation era home for a young family of four. As regular entertainers, the brief sort to balance a high degree of privacy and refuge while providing the ability to completely open up, warmly welcoming family, friends and locals dropping by. The additional built forms follow a similar volume as the existing houses’ prominent pitched roof form, to preserve and respect the heritage language of the subject property and its intact neighbours.

Victorian Jury Presentation

Northside House has been carefully designed to enhance our family and community lives. The mezzanine floor provides space for our daughters to establish some independence away from the main rooms, while keeping them connected to us.

The house converts easily from a family sanctuary, when the gates and doors are closed and the fire is on, to an entertainment hub, when the sliding doors are pushed back, the gates are open, and the grille is cooking. The respect and consideration paid to the display of our art allows our personalities to sit comfortably within the design.

Project Practice Team

Harriet Collins, Interior Designer
Huw Wellard, Design Architect
Matt Myers, Project Architect
Mitch Small, Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Clive Steel Partners Pty. Ltd., Structural Engineer
Florian Wild, Landscape Consultant

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Northside House | Wellard Architects | Photographer: Derek Swalwell

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