Australian design studio DKO placed a metal perforated floating box over a single-level heritage building in Melbourne and transformed the property into a modern residential space. Their design references the brick patterns and simple geometry of the surroundings and the adjacent St. Jude church. Retaining the original exterior, the architects came up with a creative way of combining old and new.
The new addition contrasts the original house to some extent. It is placed 1.3 meters (4 feet) behind the brick facade on the north side of the property, establishing a “shadow line” between the first and second level. The second level and deck are extruded out to the edge, creating a recess that inherently emphasizes the distinction between the existing structure and the addition. This slight separation harmonizes the two structures.
The pixelated perforations in the black metal facade provides privacy for the occupants and references the brick patterns below. The screens open to provide cross ventilation and allow natural light into the space.
“We always kept in mind the culture of the area, and really wanted to be sensitive and careful to respect it, and by this we are giving a bit of history back to the site,” said the architects.
Photos by Gabriel Saunders