Architect Melanie Beynon’s Future-Proof Edwardian Household Residence

Architect Melanie Beynon’s Edwardian residence in Prahran, Melbourne was charming however not match for objective. The household of 4 required further house to ‘break free’ and a extra useful ground plan.

Melanie’s problem was to create more room on a single stage with out dominating the compact inner-city block. ‘The imaginative and prescient for our residence was longevity,’ she says.

A brand new minimal glass hallway hyperlinks the unique home to the versatile residing house. This new house is constructed with longevity in thoughts, that includes a strong materials palette together with bricks, concrete, and plywood (that even can face up to the occasional basketball bouncing off the partitions).

The glass walkway extends previous a brand new central courtyard and attracts mild and greenery into the interiors. ‘The glass hyperlink is a dramatic function exposing us to the climate circumstances. Mendacity within the solar below the skylight is dreamy,’ says Melanie.

The courtyard additionally works to acoustically separate the household into grownup and youngsters zones, whereas retaining a visible connection between the 2 areas.

Within the unique residence, the open-plan kitchen, residing and eating space has been renovated to maximise performance and storage. Supplies and hues together with joinery painted Dulux Pure White, white Vola tapware, and an aluminium splash again powder coated in Dulux Shoji White stand out in opposition to the unique stained timber ground and a stained strong oak island bench.

When standing in the primary residing space, the attention is now naturally drawn to the sliding doorways that stretch exterior to the north. Views to neighbouring properties have additionally been blocked out by way of strategically positioned steel-framed home windows.

The up to date home nonetheless presents as an unique Edwardian, however step inside and there’s a transparent view to the modern areas on the rear. It’s a home that delights and surprises, with out affecting the present streetscape, and offering room for the household to develop.