Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Jack’s House in Melbourne, Australia by FMD Architects
March 25th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: FMD Architects
The new extension offers a dialogue between two buildings of different eras. The existing Victorian residence at the street front and the industrial saw-tooth warehouse on the rear boundary seem disconnected in style and function. The extension negotiates between the two buildings, stretching and tapering toward the saw-tooth brick wall, while internally opening up from the double loaded Victorian corridor to the open glazed space, with the brick wall on the boundary as a feature backdrop.
The interior detailing transitions from the Victorian detail to the modern plywood detailing as you progress into the spaces. Re-planning of the existing interior allowed the floor plan to improve its efficiency, thus ensuring the footprint of the new extension was minimized and the garden maximized. The existing street frontage was maintained without alteration, in keeping with the local character of hidden extensions to the rear of existing houses.
The extension allows the Victorian house to open itself up to natural light and ventilation and provide a large open plan living and dining area. The kitchen is also renovated and repositioned to improve its connection with the garden.
The existing residence was reworked to incorporate 3 bedrooms and a 4th flexible space. The bathroom was re-planned as an Ensuite and a new combined laundry/bathroom included within the existing house. The kitchen was reduced in size to provide space for the new laundry/bath and the new extension offering a large open space with access to east and north light as well as natural cross ventilation. The house has successfully transitioned from a couple with no children to a 4 person family, with spaces being reused according to their changing needs.
The building aims to confirm itself in the present moment, while conversing with its neighbouring context.
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