Australian design studio PHOOEY Architects transformed a double story Victorian-era terrace house in Melbourne into a sustainable family home using salvaged materials. The detail-rich Cubo House has a signature "patchwork" look and unique elements made from the upcycled staircase and balustrades of the existing structure.
The existing house was re-planned, introducing a new entry foyer, large staircase and environments bathed in natural light. A central multi-level void dominates the new house and provides natural ventilation. It runs the height of the house and features a beautiful chandelier made from steps and balustrades salvaged from the demolition of the existing building.
Leftover balustrades were used as screens for a kids’ loft bed and joinery in the kitchen. Windows sills and other elements of the facade incorporate tiles from the existing slate roof. A playfully designed rear garden has a nice “patchwork” quality and combines brick, pallets and other natural materials. This rear space functions as a child-friendly garden comprising several pockets of space. In order to make the new structure sustainable, the architects introduced photovoltaic cells, solar hot water and rainwater collection systems hidden from view.
Photos by Peter Bennetts Photographer