The Melbourne studio was faced with significant heritage constraints that limited the opportunities for altering the external envelope. The team focused on the interior and introduced a flexible layoutwith separate entrances for different members of the family.
Related: Renovated Warehouse Wrapped in a Flowing Cinderblock Skin
The open-plan living spaces are located on the upper level, leaving the ground floor free for other uses. Most rooms feature flexible layouts and can be adjusted to offer more privacy. A centrally positioned staircase is accessible from both of the two ground floor rooms, which have separate entrances from the street. Behind a translucent doors at the rear of the property is the garage that stores the client’s red Ford Mustang car. Exposed ceiling trusses with sets of skylightsdominate the interior, with a zigzagging part of the roof storing electrical and mechanical services.
Related: Emrys Architects turned two 19th century London warehouses into six modern daylit apartments
“To draw light and ventilation into what is a poorly oriented and deep footprint, an extensive number of operable skylights were introduced on the north and south-facing roof pitches,” explained the architects, “and a large void connecting the ground and first floor was strategically positioned to also take advantage of this amenity.”
+ Andrew Simpson Architects
Photos by Shannon McGrath