Emily Armstrong Architects
Caulfield North, VIC, Australia
The brief for this project was simple; to introduce light and space into an existing Victorian cottage, with its typical narrow passageway, dark rooms and pokey spaces. The client wanted this achieved by extending the house, without overwhelming the block and creating a contemporary statement but ‘no boxes; a pitched roof non-negotiable’! The response to this was a new, rear extension with a striking, steep double cathedral ceiling with floor to ceiling windows. The front of the house was retained, restored and fit out in a simple, contemporary style.
A feature window and large courtyard punctuate the existing passageway and create a break between the old and new. The large, open extension presents itself as the passageway steps down; sharp angles can be seen beyond. Light drenches the extension, which is finished in neutral tones to accentuate its sheer volume. Interiors and materials are a mix of solid and soft; recycled brick and timber floors against soft grey stones and veneers. A nice interplay of the heritage and the contemporary harmoniously coming together.