LOCATION : ALBERT PARK, VICTORIA
STATUS : SCHEMATIC DESIGN/TOWN PLANNING
Nestled in a diverse neighbourhood pocket in Albert Park, the site and building is well-described by realtors as a “developer’s dream”.
Our design response is governed by the strict heritage rulings of the area. The new addition is contemporary and ‘of its time’ and is clearly distinguishable from the heritage building. It is this distinction that enhances the status and character of the heritage building.
The subject site is modestly sized and irregular in shape, which presents a challenge when crafting functional and practical living spaces. The existing lean-to’s are messy in layout and clustered in an ad-hoc fashion so our goal is to retain and restore the existing front of house whilst improving the flow and functionality of the old+new house overall. The typical “rear extension” treatment was turned on its head - living spaces were promoted upstairs and all bedrooms were organised an ground level which borrows the inherent privacy and security afforded by a new boundary wall facing the lanway.
The facade treatment and articulation of the new addition draws inspiration from the previous forms of the old lean-to’s, referencing the pitched-roof graphics/motifs prevalent in this neighbourhood pocket. Efforts are made to present a graphic of the “removed” portion of building in an attempt for the rear addition to not overwhelm the front heritage building and instead, take on a more recessive stance when viewed from the main street.
Another design response to the irregularly-shape site was the introduction of a “shared garden” at street level; a departure from the harsh treatment along the laneway as evident by many other corner allotments in the area. We seek an approach that promotes a level of engagement with the street and its pedestrians by angling the proposed brick fence towards the house and carving out a piece of garden that is at a human scale.