Completed in May 2019 for an active couple downsizing from a large Victorian home in the southern suburbs. The brief was to create a secure, small footprint, low consumption comfortable inner-city residence, for them and their dog. The form of the addition echoes the shape of the original dwelling, but for the insertion of a small central light court, separating the sleeping area from the main living space. Following the narrow layout of the single-story townhouse, consideration was particularly given to accessibility, light penetration and visual connection to open space. Turning what was a cold, dark and dingy Victorian cottage into a welcoming and warm, modern inner-city townhouse.
Having remained relatively intact for the best part of a hundred years, the rebuild incorporates materials and finishes, and numerous sustainability initiatives aimed at extending the life and livability of the building’s elements for a further hundred years.