The Richmond Fire Station Horse Stables in Melbourne, Australia have been transformed into a striking modern dwelling dubbed The Stable in a remarkable example of adaptive reuse. The red brick single-story building has been preserved as the core of an entirely new architectural experience - within its walls a three-story angular home rises up to capture daylight and views while providing a contemporary 3 bedroom retreat near downtown.
The radical redo is softened by the first story, which was still features its original weathered brick and garage door intact. Offset from the original fire station is the angular silvery skin of the addition. A few contemporary windows and a balcony perched up high give us a hint of what lays inside.
The main floor keeps the brick walls intact, but everything else is thoroughly modern– white walls, blond hardwood floors, and glossy black cabinets frame the large open floor plan.
What makes the home stand out, besides its sensitivity to the original building, is its embrace of daylighting throughout. The main floor is book-ended with light scoops, which morph into angled windows on the upper floor. The upper story is unabashedly contemporary with angled walls and windows. A walk-out porch allows residents to enjoy the nearby downtown to the west, and a mezzanine keeps it connected to the main floor.