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Architecture: Fitzroy North House

February 17, 2011

Nic Owen Architects’ new addition to a small Victorian home in Melbourne is a sensitive response to inner-city living.

The owners of this small Victorian terrace approached the architects with a brief to create a larger house with a bright and airy feel to cater for their growing family. The renovation is located on a small site in North Fitzroy with tight planning and heritage controls and a challenging orientation.

A modern glass structure wrapped in a timber skin formed the shell of the extension, providing light and vertical space while maintaining the south neighbourÂ’s access to light. New works are recessive, respectful and complement the historic setting.

Full height windows with fixed metal blades on the north laneway provide privacy and allow winter sunlight to enter through an open glass and timber stairwell. Large skylights add to the sense of space and light. North facing roofs accommodate photo-voltaic cells and solar hot water panels, and plantation timbers have been used throughout.

This three bedroom inner city residence on a small site offers a sympathetic response to historically sensitive inner-city living.

Team Architect: Nic Owen

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