In a cheeky reference to the popular 1980s hairstyle, the Mullet House combines a formal Edwardian facade in the front with an unexpected and dramatic twist in the back. Melbourne-based March Studio doubled the original residence's footprint with the addition of a two-story unit beneath an extended, twisted roof that flips up to take advantage of solar gains and sweeping views over the city of Melbourne.
To preserve the building’s existing character, March Studio retained the Edwardian timber facade at the front of the dwelling. Towards the rear, however, the architects dramatically added an angled, black-zinc roof that juts out across the site, twisting upwards at the corners to make room for clerestory windows that allow for natural light. The roof cantilevers over the two-floor extension, which contains the added living and kitchen areas, as well as a concrete carport.
Built to accommodate the client’s three children, the dwelling exudes an element of play. Circular glass skylights create views and daylighting opportunities in various rooms, including the children’s playroom. Bright bold colors punctuate the interior, such as the splashes of orange in the kitchen counter and hanging lights. Outside, a glazed sliding door opens out from the kitchen to the concrete terrace and courtyard garden.
To complete the dwelling’s image as a unified whole, the architects wrapped the exterior and interior with horizontal rows of naturally finished timber to achieve a clean, modern look. To connect the indoor and outdoor spaces, the kitchen’s polished concrete flooring extends out onto the outdoor terrace and ring-shaped planters reinforce the playful circular motif.