Architecture: South Yarra Residence

Nov 21, 2011
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Derek Swalwell
  • Designer
  • Architect Carr Design Group

Built in 1929, this property began life as two duplexes, one of which was originally home to famous artist Sunday Reed before her move to Heide.

Positioned in Melbourne’s Domain precinct, the residence blends the character of the 1920s architecture with the crisp detailing of a modern addition. Restoration of the dwelling internally and externally to create unified spaces was a key driver with the project architecturally. The imposing form of the building’s street facade is comprised of many forms, including French Chateaux, Edwardian and Victorian.

The architectural masterplan sought to celebrate the original structure and well proportioned spaces, while updating them to provide a cohesive series of interior spaces. A bold two-storey glazed structure has been added to the rear west facade of the property to bring light into the heart of the home, defining a new circulation core to the building. A large glazed skylight tracks the path of the sun throughout the day, filling the interior with light. Openings are lined with the introduction of steel portals and framing devices for reveals, panels and blades, marking the transition from original form to contemporary space, from existing built form to that of the new, contemporary addition.

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