A Federation-era residence occupying a nook web site in a pocket of inner-city Melbourne has been sensitively tailored and added to, creating long-term viability for a younger household of 4. Designed by Wellard Architects, the brand new additions – one adjoining the unique home and the opposite containing a storage and studio on the rear of the property – comfortably sit alongside the constructing’s heritage-listed facade and inside its native architectural context.
Northside Home is an inviting three-bedroom residence, with generously proportioned entertaining zones and a separate “sister” dwelling that homes a single-car storage and lodging for visiting visitors. Mixing previous with new, Northside Home echoes the language of the present interval structure by way of its cohesive materials palette and flowing pitched roofline.
“The interval Federation-era residence occupying the positioning led us to discover the extremely seen current roof pitch and the way this may inform our new additions,” mentioned Wellard Architects. “The pressed red-face brickwork of the present home was in glorious situation, and we wished to tie this in with our addition, additionally extremely seen alongside the distinguished Northern facade.”
Wellard Architects enveloped these additions in terracotta shingles, forging a relationship with the house’s heritage cloth whereas situating Northside Home within the current. The rear extension, related to the unique home by way of a narrow-slit lightwell, balances the shopper’s want for improved privateness with a need to create a light-filled central entertaining house that interrelates with the courtyard backyard.
“Northside Home was designed to swimsuit the wants of our shoppers who’re avid entertainers,” mentioned Wellard Architects. “We have been tasked with creating a house that might welcome giant social gatherings, whereas on the similar time present a personal refuge for the household from the pressures of city life.”
Wellard Architects noticed the chance to make use of the retained sections of the unique home to accommodate bedrooms and bogs, shifting the open-plan residing, eating and cooking zones to the bottom stage of the double-height predominant addition – with a big examine and rumpus house accommodated at first flooring stage. A timber-battened fence runs alongside the northern boundary and clads the smaller rear addition, concealing the doorway to the storage.
Inside, Northside Home combines a cloth palette of blackbutt timber cladding and matt charcoal kitchen cabinetry, layered with slabs of pure stone and concrete-hued terrazzo. “The house’s materials palette drew upon our shoppers love for artwork, carrying a heat tactility and sense of workmanship, but being sturdy and sturdy for a busy household residence,” mentioned Wellard Architects.
As long-time buddies of the shoppers, Wellard Architects approached Northside Home with an entire understanding of how its occupants stay now and can develop into their new house sooner or later. Conceived as each a quiet city sanctuary and versatile social house for entertaining, Northside Home is an adaptable household residence – supporting alternative ways of residing, in dialogue with its heritage frontage and wider streetscape. “It’s each acquainted and one thing fairly new and sudden,” mentioned Wellard Architects.