Architects Ben Edwards and Juliet Moore have taken daylighting to a whole new level with this Melbourne remodel. The clients for this project wanted more space than their single storey home could offer, as well as improved lighting in all of the spaces. Edwards Moore Architects' solution was a second level addition to the home that uses materials which allow for light to penetrate through the horizontal spaces.
The vertical addition, which houses a kitchen, dining, and living room, is sealed by a completely translucent roof. This material choice gives the interior a verticality that would otherwise have been difficult to achieve. In order to allow light to reach the lower level, the architects chose to use perforated metal as the horizontal plane separating the two floors. Because the house is abutted by buildings on either side, this material choice was a clever solution to what would likely have been a rather dim space otherwise. The architects consider this strategy to create “a great sense of volume and unity within the dwelling as a whole.”
Besides creating a stunning interior, the daylighting techniques are also a significant feature contributing to this home’s sustainability. The fact that the team chose to reuse the existing house is also a huge saving in this home’s overall embodied energy. A lot of architects will tell you that the most sustainable option is to reuse existing structure and/or materials and that is just what this team did. This is a lovely example of when sustainability and thoughtful design collide.
Photos by Fraser Marsden