Julius Street House
Coburg, VIC, Australia
Julius Street is a refreshed post-war period brick home that’s been given a new life.
The focus of this project by Archier was to incorporate the owner’s lifestyle into the new design of the house, which is gardening and cooking. An although only an additional 10 square metres was added to the design, these new areas created substantial living space, which gave life back to the old house.
The original house, which was a post-war period red brick home had a typical layout from its time, with a kitchen facing south-east it was cut off from any natural light, and was disconnected from the rear courtyard, which could only be accessed through the laundry.
The new layout now connects the heart of the house to the garden, which was achieved by pushing the kitchen and dining space from the rear of the house into the area which was previously occupied by the old laundry.
In doing this, the new orientation of living spaces facing north, created easier access to the garden in the rear, and allowed better access to an abundance of natural light throughout the day. This allowed for the design to accommodate for a thin floating roof over two large expanses of glass, immersing the kitchen into the garden, which was also extended right up to the edge of the house.
There has also been an inclusion of a three-meter long sliding door, which opens up the dining area to the courtyard, the frames of which act as a structural element.
Photography by Ben Hosking.