Location: Melbourne, Australia
Project Year: 2017
Photo: Peter Bennetts
Architectural firm Architecture Architecture, founded in Melbourne, expanded the existing workers’ house with a two-story space connected by a courtyard in the center. The expansion is determined by its stepped parapets, the central window, the sidelined door and the entrance canopy that subtly imitates the local architecture, but at the same time represents a modern character.
A palette of subdued tones; black, white and gray colors are common throughout the house, contributing to tonal variation and spatial depth. Architecture Architecture plays with different shades to create a refined field of spaces. This is demonstrated in residential areas where space and light are abundant, so the material palette is darker to create a comfortable rest space. Here, the sensitive application of sound insulation enhances these qualities.
In the corridors, where the space becomes denser, the palette is illuminated, and the ceilings rise. The walls of the corridor are thin and contribute to an increasing interior space; they are lined with a metal sheet to reflect light deep into the house. In the home center, the living rooms overlook the inner courtyard. High-ceilinged corridors pinwheel out from the heart, establishing a sunlit center around which most of the daily activities take place.
Upstairs, warm palette of wooden floors and lining boards set the tone of a secluded zone, while dramatic skylights and generous windows cast this Dark Horse in abundant natural light.