The clients for this project were featured in the local press for their fight against apartment buildings that are too big, too bulky and do not respect the neighbourhood character of Fitzroy North. Their work has helped to preserve to some extent the heritage we all get to enjoy. So when they approached me to renovate their terrace home in Fitzroy North it was with some pride that they chose us to make sure we could interpret their vision for the house and community.
The challenge was to fit everything we needed on a tiny block, not upset the neighbours and show how a contemporary piece of architecture can complement the existing fabric of the terrace dwelling. Our approach did not increase the existing footprint and we simply built in top of what already exists as well as refurbish the much neglected dwelling. We needed to be strategic in our approach as with all projects of this type there are competing demands of budget, town planning, neighbours interests and of course the hopes and aspirations of or clients.
Our design creates spaces for two teenage boys, an open area downstairs for the family to enjoy and a newly renovated space for parents to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet after a busy day working. The flanking of old an new work well together and it shows how light and space can breathe some much needed magic to Victorian cottages.
Coleman Terrace Medal
- Year: 2019
- Location: Fitzroy North
- Builder: PM&R Construction
- Photos: Trevor Mein
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