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Architecture: Hope

February 27, 2011

vittinoAshe remodel a workers cottage in Perth, creating an open home and separate studio organised around a central courtyard.

The short dogleg defined by Hope Street and Orange Avenue is demarcated by a continuous row of workers houses built in the early 1900s. The houses line each side of the two streets, creating a small neighbourhood of modest lots and long, narrow duplex homes.

For this project, the existing house and an old grapevine dating from the same period were retained, but all later additions were demolished. The new buildings were configured to make the kitchen the focal element that ordered the planning, organising all other spaces around it. The proposition was fundamentally a kind of upgrade to the existing home, with a new kitchen, dining room, bathroom and laundry, along with a detached studio at the far end of the lot – separated from the home by a court and with a form that replicates the old shed accessed from the rear laneway.

*Team* Architect: Marco Vittino, Designer: Katherine Ashe

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