Local House by Make Architecture
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions): National Award
Australian Institute of Architects
This modest house extension demonstrates the value of inventive design to a willing and receptive client. Details and finishes have been worked hard to deliver maximum benefits. There are see-through stairs that morph into bookshelves, kitchen benches that turn into seats, and a fireplace that addresses both inside and out. All are examples of creative solutions to small-scale living and all are achieved without compromise.
The local cafe culture of St Kilda that endears this neighbourhood to the owners has been translated into a kitchen/dining room that opens onto a generous outdoor gathering space. The studio and garage are designed to address the rear lane as an alternative entry, which can be open and inviting or closed down for privacy and security.
The house’s spotted gum brise-soleil, also a privacy screen, is beautifully detailed. Alongside the use of off-form concrete at ground level, it defines the rear courtyard. This project is an excellent demonstration of the way good design can turn potential obstacles into opportunities for added comfort, spatial delight and the eloquent expression of a client’s desires.
Read the project review by Anna Johnson from Houses 104.