extension to a heritage home

Heritage Re-invention

South Yarra, 2014

An elegant extension to a heritage home in South Yarra. Clever use of sightlines and multiple levels create a spacious light filled residence on a narrow site. An innovative architectural response on a tight budget, capturing lovely sky and rooftop views. The fanning sculptural stair element adds drama to the space by casting dynamic shadows. Changing ceiling heights make each space special.

Existing interior cladding has been re-used in the upstairs bathroom and sustainably sourced timber has been specified throughout. Large water tanks capture rainwater to be used to flush toilets, shower and as irrigation. Landscaping has been cleverly designed to create special moments in the small courtyard. Generous doors opening up the north facade to create an open indoor/outdoor feel.



Type: Residential extension to a heritage home

Location: South Yarra

Size: Site 152m2, Proposed building 114m2, Garden/Outdoor Entertaining 38m2

Challenges: very tight inner city site, modest budget, limited access to northern light, preventing amenity loss to neighbour, steeply sloping block, two bedrooms, bathrooms and a garage, party wall with southern neighbour

Building Star Rating: 6

Features: 2 bed, 2 bath, open plan kitchen/dining, living, showcase of timber cladding, sculptural fan staircase balustrade, multiple levels to compensate for slope and reduce overall bulk/height

extension to a heritage home
extension to a heritage home

We can see the new life that has been injected in to this classic heritage terrace.  Generous interconnected spaces fit for contemporary living.  Opening up views to multiple courtyards .

Sustainable strategy:

Water Saving: 3,000L underground tank used to irrigate the garden and flush toilets

Passive Design: courtyard to north increases solar access to extension, 1 room deep so all new rooms have northern solar access, no southern windows reducing heat loss, airlock between living & bedrooms, operable windows located for cross ventilation

Building materials: Brick thermal mass wall to south, renewable timber cladding to exterior and ceilings, reuse of existing re-rendered brick wall for thermal mass

Windows: Timber high performance double glazed windows

Active Heating & Cooling: hydronic heating, refurbished fireplace, ceiling fans

Lighting: Daylight maximised, LED fittings

Paints, finishes & floor coverings: timber floorboards, low VOC paint throughout, eco oils to timber

Other ESD features: staggered building height reduces overshadowing to neighbours, improve existing building stock

extension to a heritage home

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