East Melbourne Terrace House
Derek Swalwell & Ben Hosking
The East Melbourne Terrace presented us with a series of challenges, primarily, how to take a stunning Victorian home and create synergy between the original structure and the range of tack on structures, both internally and externally, that had found their way onto and into the renovation over the last 10 years. Internally, the floor plan required reconfiguring to include the necessary spaces as well as significant cosmetic works to create a common theme throughout. The site also had two frontages – the primary frontage being the Victorian facade, however the rear street elevation, dominated by garaging, lacked any cohesion.
After spending time on site and trying to achieve solutions that the original home to the older extensions we felt was going to be difficult without major demolition, so an alternate solution was derived – cover it all with a screen. This approach doubled as a tool to achieve solar control to the west.