based on a triangular shaped and sloping site, australian studio inbetween architecture have renovated and extended an existing 1970s brick and weatherboard dwelling in melbourne. once through the sheltered entry and front door, the garden aspect is immediately the focus with a large-scale, fully glazed sliding door that opens onto the landscaped rear yard. this glazed bridge forms the connection between the old and the new and is set down from the main living zone, helping the extension sit comfortably on the site.

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the client had a diverse brief, including both definite and abstract goals such as maintaining and enhancing connections to the established garden, adding a master bedroom suite, providing a secure and defined entrance. as well as the refurbishment of the existing layout and spaces, inbetween architecture‘s response answered all these requirements. the spatial layout was reorganized, with the existing three bedrooms taking full advantage of the northerly aspect and elevated position of the house on the steep sloping site. ample of natural light and a straight forward material palette further emphasizes the refined interior of the house.

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the window opens fully serving as a seat and a doorway leading onto the garden

 

 

 

the form of the addition closely references the typical gabled shape of the existing house. inside, a secondary entry, rumpus room and home office, along with amenities and ample storage, is tucked into the undercroft at the rear. the outcome is a fully updated home, suitable for the changing demands of a contemporary family lifestyle. it maintains a comfortable and lived-in ambiance and pays homage to the best aspects of the original cottage.

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the kitchen and dining

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a skylight diffuses light into the entry way

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once through the sheltered entry and front door, the garden aspect is immediately appreciated

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the form of the addition closely references the typical gable form of the existing house

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old and new is contrasted due to material choice

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